Monasterboice, County Louth, Ireland

Monasterboice, County Louth, Ireland, history, celtic

This pic of  the tallest high cross and round tower Ireland were taken at Monasterboice, County Louth, Ireland in 2008. It was a cold February day but we had beautiful blue skies and crisp air to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Country Louth.

This monastic site near Drogheda is said to have been founded by St Buithe, a follower of St Patrick in the 5th century, and captured by Vikings in 958 AD. The high crosses here, decorated in Celtic art, depict bible scenes and were used to communicate bible stories to those who could not read – which was most of the populous at the time. The West Cross shown in the pic is the tallest high cross in Ireland dating from the 10th century and depicts scenes of David and Goliath, the resurrection, crucifixion and the kiss of Judas.

You can explore the ruins, get up close with the detail of the crosses and see a medieval sundial, but you can not enter the tower. There is free parking and toilet facilities available.

Top tip for County Louth: Once you have had your fill of Guinness in Dublin take the short trip out to Country Louth, the smallest county in Ireland and get some fresh air on the Hill of Tara, explore the ruins of Mellifont Abbey and soak up the mythology of the Boyne Valley on your way to Monasterboice.