These scriptural crosses were constructed on religious sites throughout Ireland from the 7th century and later spreading to Scotland, Wales and the rest of Britain especially Cornwall and Northumbria. The celtic cross style was also taken to Central Europe by Irish monks. Scriptural crosses were constructed on religious sites often as part of a monastery complex. Fixing a precise date on crosses is difficult not least because they were preceded by wooden or metal crosses. Archaeologists believe construction spanned the period 750 to 1150 with most been erected in the ninth and tenth centuries. One of Irelands most wonderful crosses The Cross of Cong was commissioned by Turlough O’Connor, King of Connaught around 1120 to enshrine a sacred relic. The cross is a wonderful example of gilt bronze open work and enamel decoration.
Although parts of this ancient symbol were first found engraved on artefacts dating from 10,000 BC, it is said that Saint Patrick made the first Celtic cross in the fifth century AD. According to legend, he was shown a sacred standing stone marked with a circle to represent the moon goddess. Patrick made the mark of the Latin cross through the circle and blessed the stone. Thus was the lunar power of the old religion absorbed into the new religion.
These plaques or grave stones offer comfort to those whose loved ones have passed away, are buried overseas and wish to have a small part of Ireland on their grave. Limestone has been used for Celtic crosses for centuries. Our plaques are made from the same Irish limestone from Kilkenny, Roscommon and the Burren. Irish limestone is millions of years old and is known for its durability. Limestone is a sedimentary rock comprised of mineral calcite. The calcite in Irish limestone is most commonly marine organisms. Irish limestone usually has the fossilised shells of the organisms visibly embedded within the stone. All our limestone is supplied by God and nature and worked by man.