Kilnasaggart Cross

CatholicSaints

Marysville, United States

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Standing at 2.8 metres high the Kilnasaggart pillar stone is probably the oldest dateable stone monument in Ireland.

The Pillar stands in a small enclosure in the townland of Edenappa in County Armagh.

The Pillar stands at the edge of a graveyard that was excavated in the later part of the sixties, these excavations revealed both stone built and dug graves.

There are several small stones lying around the standing stone and some of these stones bear crosses.

The south east face of the pillar bears an inscription in old Irish that reads,

‘In loc so Taninmarni Ternoc mac Cernan Bic er cul Peter Apstel’
This means that Ternohc the son of Ceran Bic put the place under the protection of Peter the Apostle.

Ternohcs death is recorded in either 714 or 716 this dates the stone to the early 700s.

Above the inscription is a Latin cross and at the base of the pillar stone is an equal armed decorative cross inside a circle.

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