An ancient and powerful sign which unites horizontal and vertical opposites and takes on particular significance after Christ becoming the dominant symbol of the Christian Church.
This 18th century penal cross is unique to Irish folk art. The arms of the cross are short so that it could easily be hidden up the sleeve.
The symbol of four is powerfully but simply set within the Celtic spiral pattern in this beautiful cross from Durrow, Co. Offaly. It seeks to discipline the forces of Life and contain them against the unknown, offering comfort 108G
A powerful symbol of love and friendship.
This mysterious Celtic Figure adorned a cauldron taken from Ireland by the Vikings.274G
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 serenity of this elegant Christ figure shows how the Celts saw Him, a noble figure even in the ultimate humility of the cross. It is based on an 8th century bronze plaque from Co Roscommon. 276G
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.
`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
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
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
Meditation alters perception, reduces stress, and may lead to mystical awareness. This serene Christ figure from the renowned Lismore Monastery suggest the power of meditatnion to dissociate from adversity of the cross.408G
At top a cosmic spiral, at centre the world surrounded by four suns, three with concentric circles (the trinity), completed by a fourth circle (the feminine). From Co. Kilkenny.
The wild goose is at home in three elements: earth, air, and water. It is also a symbol of transition and change and has particular significance to Irish people who live beyond our shores. 560G
When we fully commit to an idea, a person or a group, all manner of unforeseen events, meetings and assistance come our way.480G
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
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
In the shadow of Bunbulbin, Co. Sligo one of the great high crosses, decoratively carved, stands in the grave yard where W.B. Yeats is buried.696G