Off its Head

Located on the north-east corner of the Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary, this is Scully’s Cross – or at least what remains of it. Dating from 1867, the rusticated base of the structure contains a mausoleum to the wealthy Roman Catholic Scully family: above the entrance is a plaque carved with their name in Irish Ó Scolaidhe. A stepped pyramid then leads up to the base of the cross proper, its shaft, each side of which is carved with a series of biblical scenes, rising some 20 feet high. The top of the cross – ringed in the early Irish Christian style – can be found scattered on the ground around the mausoleum, having fallen when the monument was struck by lightning in 1976. 

2 comments on “Off its Head

  1. John O'Neak says:

    Kind of horrifying that a private family was allowed to build on the Rock of Cashel.

  2. Deborah T. Sena says:

    At least the damage was natural, and I am sure almost impossible to repair. Someone should at least arrange the pieces on the ground to show what it looked like if there is space

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