Donagh Cross, Carndonagh Pendant (Small)

Donagh Cross (Small)

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Donagh Cross, Carndonagh

This celtic cross design is derived from the east face of the St. Patrick’s High Cross in Carndonagh, Co. Donegal.  Click on the image to learn more about this unique cross..

Our small Donagh cross is 22mm high by 9.5mm wide (29mm high including top rings). The sterling silver pendant is 1.9mm thick and comes with a sterling silver fine weight cable chain in various lengths. The 18ct yellow gold pendant is 1.5mm thick and can be supplied with or without a fine weight 18ct yellow gold cable chain in various lengths. This pendant is also available in a larger size.

Each pendant is packaged in our exclusive High Crosses of Inishowen gift box with our informative leaflet describing the history of all the Crosses in the collection.

Sterling Silver Pendant Ref: 4030059
18ct Yellow Gold Pendant Ref: 3208003


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The original Irish name of Carndonagh, (Carn Domhnach) means the burial mound of the church, refering to this site which was once the location of a church founded by St. Patrick in the fifth century. It developed into a prosperous and influential monastery. The Donagh Cross, also known as St. Patrick’s Cross, the Marigold Stone and the some other interesting pillars and carvings remain as relics of it’s fascinating past.


The ancient red sandstone Cross measures 2.53 metres high. It is considered one of the best examples of low relief carving from the early medieval period in Ireland. Similarities in design between this Cross and the Book of Durrow which dates from the latter part of the 7th century suggest they were both of the same period.

On the east face, the top of the cross features a broad ribbon interlace woven as the Tree of Life. With its roots in the earth and its branches high in the air, it represented the connection between heaven and earth. The seasonal cycles of the tree links it with growth, death and rebirth. Formed in the shape of a cross it blends Celtic and Christian symbolism.  The scene below this has been interpreted as the Crucifixion and Christ with his out-stretched arms is accompanied by figures representing Stephaton and Longinus, sponge and lance bearers and the two thieves crucified with Christ.  Below it are three figures wearing cowls and long robes.  These may represent the holy women who visited Christ’s tomb after the Resurrection.

The west face is completely covered with closely entwined interlacing with an unusual triple strap design similar to interlacing on the Mura Cross.  The south side has figures carved one on top of the other down the side of the shaft and a simple braid pattern around the head of the cross. The more worn and fissured north side  has faint traces of  interlace. The cross is flanked by two guard pillars.

Additional information

Metal options

Silver, 18ct Yellow Gold

Chain length

No chain, 42cm chain (16 3/4 inches), 45cm chain (18 inches), 50cm chain (20 inches), 55cm chain (22 inches)

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