Illerton cross

Cross base

Christy Cunniffe

Illerton cross base.
Christy Cunniffe

This feature is located beside Illerton holy well GA114-066004 in Cregganore townland near Kilchreest. It consists of the base or socket for a cross shaft of medieval date. It is one component of what was originally a composite limestone cross. There was likely another two stones forming a stepped Calvary style base, a shaft and a cross head, and possibly a collar, though this latter component is less certain given the small size of this piece. It may date to the 17th century when quite a number of crosses were erected at sites throughout the county. While plain and simple in appearance, this is a significant artefact and is found at a site associated with the practice of popular pilgrimage. A children’s burial ground a number of penitential cairns, a holy well, a chapel and other structure are also noted on the RMP making this an important ritual complex.

This page was added on 30/03/2016.

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