Created in the scriptorium of the monastery on Iona, the Book of Kells was brought to Ireland during the 8th century to evade the Vikings. It is probably the finest work of manuscript illustration ever designed. Birds travel freely between heaven and earth, they are possessors of secrets and are seen as heavenly messengers. 568G
`Lead me ffrom death to life, from falsehood to truth. lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.` This prayer is said at noon by people of many faiths.386G
Life’s journey brings a multitude of opportunities and personal encounters. These intersections can bring frustration or fulfilment and depend on the most startling chance. This cross is a symbol of importance of life’s meetings. It is from a 500 year old stone in Co. Donegal.686G
Footprint in stone have always been an indication of God`s presence or that of a holy person. This 10th century example from Lough Derg, Co. Clare, lay on the ground and imcludes the ancient Galeic words `coscrach` and `laignech` meaning `laughter` and `weakness`, which may be interpreted as `victory for the meek`.
A spiral uncoils into serpents consuming four heads united by the Celtic circle and cross. Linear/rational pattern at base. Suggests the struggle between such opposites as chaos and reason, the conscius and unconscious, man and woman. 104G
The oldest of the great Irish high crosses, dating from the 7th century. It stands 10 feet high, dominating a street in Carndonagh, Co. Donegal. The immediate appeal to those seeking a gift for an Irish person is self-evident. The mystery of its powerful symbolism we endeavour to unravel for you. . 396G
A spiral uncoils into serpents consuming four heads united by the Celtic circle and cross. Linear/rational pattern at base. Suggests the struggle between such opposites as chaos and reason, the conscious and unconscious, man and woman. 254G
This brings together two of our most ancient symbols, each uniting pairs of opposites: the tree unites earth and heaven; the cross unites the masculine trunk with the horizontal feminine branches, which bear leaves and fruit, holding a promise of the future.