The High Cross of Kilbride, also known as the old cross of Ballinatray, is a 2.2 metre rudimentary cross standing in Courtown Woods, just outside of Courtown village in County Wexford. It is believed to date from the 11th or 12th century and is picturesquely situated on the outer edge of the woods overlooking the Owenavorragh Stream. The cross is a shale Latin Cross with one arm shorter than the other. There is an incised cross in the centre of a circle on both faces. The cross is the only remnant of what must have been an early Christian settlement in the area, it sits beside a stone patio with benches around its edges. On the day of my visit I noted many people advocating for the saving of Courtown Woods as a local amenity as it is believed it may be sold to a private developer as part of a ‘regeneration plan’ for the area. Its a very beautiful woods, a stone’s throw from the Irish sea, it would be a tragedy if it was sold, privatised and perhaps ultimately destroyed.
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