The Wayside Cross at Dunsany, near Kilmessan, Co. Meath.
On the road from Dunshaughlin to Kilmessan and opposite the gates to Dunsany castle is the Dunsany Wayside Cross.


View of the of the Dunsany Wayside Cross, Co. Meath.

The late sixteenth or early seventeenth century decorated cross is one of a small number of Wayside Crosses that survive from the later Medieval period in Ireland. They are called wayside crosses because they were set up by the side of the road rather than at a church site. The cross is carved from limestone and has a rectangular shaft set in a large rectangular base with the upper shaft of the cross set in a collar. The cross is Latin style. On the west face is a panel with the winged ox of St. Luke above a crucifixion.



Google Maps image of the location of the Dunsany Waysdie Cross, Co. Meath.

GPS coordinates GPS 53.538433,-6.616033

Further reading
Heather King 1984. Late Medieval Crosses in County Meath c. 1470-1635. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. Section C: Vol. 84C, 79-115.

 
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