Cloncha High Cross
The Cloncha High Cross is situated where St Morialagh founded a monastery in the 6th Century. The monastery here was considered to be one of the most important in the development of Christianity on Inishowen.
There are two high crosses here one that is still standing and is known as St Boden’s Cross. It is 4 metres high and dates from the 10/11th century and it has carvings which are divided into panels.
The other cross has fallen down and is the head of a 12th-century wheel cross; there is a large base next to it.
It’s closeness to the site of the Carrowmore High crosses and another monastic site in Culdaff founded by St Boudan, made this area a great seat of learning at the time.
The ruins of the church at the site are of a 17th-century planter’s church.
On the Culdaff to Moville road, approximately 2 km south of Culdaff, there is a road on the right at St Mary’s church and around 800 metres down this road you will find the site.
From Carndonagh follow the road past the super value and stay on this road for approximately 2 km, you will see a sign for Cloncha on a road to the right follow this road for about 0.5 km to reach the site.
There is a small amount of parking at the site and on the last visit, a new path was being built up to the church.
To find out a little more about the site click here.
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