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the Celtic Letters


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The original of this cross design stands in the churchyard of the remains of the Muckross Friary. Tralee is a delightful town nearby. Among the stones of the graveyard are those of the last king of Desmond, and O'Sullivan, MacGillycuddy and O'Donoghue clan chieftains.
The cross itself is made up of many knot work designs. The knot work symbolized eternal life to the Celts and the designs are seemingly inexhaustible in their variety. The bird near the centre is presumably a swan. Birds, particularly water birds, were considered to be messengers between heaven and earth for they are equally at home on the land, the water, and the in the air above. It is not one of the very ancient cross monuments, but from a later period. Its simplicity of design is very appealing.



Co. Kerry, Ireland

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