Here in Ireland a popular legend is that the Celtic cross was introduced by Saint Patrick or maybe the lesser known Saint Declan when converting the pagan population though no examples from that early period have been found.
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.