The Donagh Cross
Historians date the Carndonagh high cross to the seventh century, making it one of the oldest of its type in Ireland. This early Christian relic is a red sandstone slab cut out in the shape of a cross, and engraved with a rich, low relief that mixes Celtic artwork and Christian iconography. The west face is completely covered with a Celtic interlacing, while the east face depicts a crucifixion scene. Typical of Irish crosses, Jesus is not depicted as suffering or defeated, but rather erect and triumphant. Two small, separate pillars frame the cross, decorated with various characters, such as David with his harp and a large warrior believed to be Goliath.This one is beautifully decorated with both Christian depictions and Celtic artwork. Its interlacing patterns are similar to those found in The Book of Durrow and represent The Tree of Life. The early crosses do not portray Christ in a suffering position but as a victor over death.
The Donagh cross – Photo taken in 1929 by Amy Young