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“The Market High Cross in Kells, Ireland - A Bit Hard to Find” 4 of 5 bubbles
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“The Market High Cross in Kells, Ireland - A Bit Hard to Find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

We were traveling from Kingscourt to Drogheda, Ireland and we had planned to stop at Bru na Boinne to see the Newgrange portal tomb. While routing out our drive, I noticed that we could go through Kells, where there were high crosses and a round tower.

It was rainy and there were no signs telling us where the crosses were. We asked a local and he gave us directions to the Market High Cross, which we did find. It was relocated in front of the Heritage Center and covered with a plexiglass roof to preserve the sandstone with richly carved biblical scenes. The actual Book of Kells was kept here and is now preserved at Trinity College in Dublin. A beautiful replica can be viewed in the museum in the Heritage Center, but it was closed. What was truly unfortunate, is there were wrappers and banana peels strewn around the base, even thought there were nearby trash bins.

Even though it was not well kept up, we did get some lovely photos of a true piece of Irish history in the historic Boyne Valley.

The round tower and other high crosses were nearby, but we were running out of time. The town of Kells really needs to have better signage to the different historical sites available in their town.

Visited October 2013
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