This book is an introduction to the meaning and mystery of the great crosses of Ireland. It follows the personal pilgrimage of the author from his early interest in the Maghera Crucifixion to the mature personal appreciation of Ireland’s scripture crosses with he arrived at in later life. He was privileged to meet along the way very special people who guided him in understanding the scriptural background and the art of the master stone carvers.
It is a book about the crosses, but also about the pioneering study of the crosses which has led to the deeper understanding of our great heritage of sculpture.
It tells the story of Francoise Henry, the young French girl who fell in love with Ireland’s artistic treasures and made their study and elucidation her life’s work.
About the Author
Oliver Crilly is a parish priest of Tamlaght O’Crilly (Greenlough) in Co. Derry. He has a BA in Celtic Studies from Maynooth, and an M.Phil. in Irish Studies from the University of Ulster in Coleraine. He was on the editorial team of Irisleabhar Mhá Nuadwhen the magazine broke new ground in literary criticism under the guidance of Dr Brendan Devlin.
He taught in St Patrick’s, Maghera, before going to Dublin to work in Veritas Publications, the publishing arm of the Catholic Communications Institute.