Cross at Fassaroe

The Cross at Fassaroe near Bray
From - The journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 1900, THE UNIVERSITY PRESS, PONSONBY AND WELDRICK, Dublin, 1901

Fassaroe Cross is located near the Bray to Enniskerry Road, close to the gate of Fassaroe House, in the townland of Fassaroe. It is believed to have been moved to the site at Fassaroe, from Ballyman Glen. The top of the cross is circular, twenty-four inches in diameter. The shaft measures, twenty-three inches high by ten inches in its breadth and six inches thick. The circular top has a carved figure of our Saviour on the cross and the base has a boss (which may have been originally a face).

The cross is made of granite and it possibly dates from the fifteenth or sixteenth centuries, though O’hEailidhe believes it is older and dates from the second half of the twelfth century.  Near the cross is a stone font for holy water. To the south of the cross, human bones were believed to have been dug up. It is believed that the remains of a church were located close to the cross in an adjoining field.


The journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 1900, Dublin Printed at the University Press for The Society, By Ponsonby And Weldrick, Dublin, 1901

Harbison, Peter The crucifixion in Irish art: fifty selected examples from the ninth to the twentieth century, Columbia Press, Dublin, 2000

O’hEailidhe, P Fassaroe and Associated Crosses, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquities of Ireland, Volume LXXXVIII, Part II, Royal society of Antiquities of Ireland, Dublin 1958

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