Celtic Crosses or sometimes High Crosses as they are also known are found throughout Ireland, Scotland, and England on old monastic sites. Along with the Book of Kells and the lesser known Book of Durrow, these Crosses are Ireland’s biggest contribution to Western European Art of the middle Ages. Some were probably used as meeting points for religious ceremonies and others were used to mark boundaries. The earliest crosses in Ireland were made of wood and metal and probably much smaller than the great stone monuments we see today.
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.