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Ardboe High Cross

An Irish High Cross in Ardboe, west of Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland. The cross stands close to an early monastery (Ard Bo - the height of the cow) associated with St Colman mac Aed who lived in the 6th Century. Such crosses in Ireland were used for commemoration purposes or to delimit a boundary or area of sanctuary. They also formed a focus for worship. The scenes in the west side, shown on the photograph, include Adoration of the Magi, Miracle at Cana, Multiplication of loaves and fishes, Entry to Jerusalem and Arrest and Crucifixion.