Tullylease Cross

CatholicSaints

Marysville, United States

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In Tullylease, a village found 30 minutes southwest of Charleville, people can find the site of a monastery thought to have been founded by St Berechert in the 7th century.

Subsequently, in the 12th century, it housed an Augustinian monastery.

The present ruins date from various periods.

Part of the east wall is from the 12th century, while the chancel dates back to the 15th century.

There is also an 8th-century inscribed stone, or cross slab, dedicated to St Berechert.

He was an Englishman who fled to Ireland.

According to the legend, he was a Saxon prince who was a follower of Colman, bishop of Lindisfarne.

But when the bishop was overthrown by St Wilfrid at the Synod of Whitby in 664 AD,

Berchert fled the country.

There was, apparently, a clash between the Celtic and Roman churches

. Berchert settled at Tullylease in Ireland where he founded a monastery. Various dates are given for his death…615, 700 and 839 CE.

In the ruins of St Berchert’s church stands the saint’s gravestone.

This has a richly sculptured cross made up of key patterning and, interlaced knotwork in the central circle.

A smaller central circle symbolizes ‘the ever present God’

There is an inscription recalling BERACHTUINE with a prayer asking us to remember him, and also some Greek letters included in the inscription.

It is said that the slab marked the saint’s grave.

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