Magical Mayo!

I saw the Cross of Cong on Saturday at the wonderful Museum of Country Life in Turlough, which was hosting it's 7th Feile na Tuaithe. Where else could you have a butterfly painted on your two year old daughter's face less than ten feet away from a priceless national treasure!! The elaborately decorated, oak framed, processional cross was escorted back to Mayo in March under armed guard - it's first homecoming since being moved to the National Museum in 1839. It was all very relaxed on Saturday as it stood sublimely inside while all sorts of entertainment carried on in the grounds outside. Constructed in 1123 to house a fragment of the True cross which has long since been lost, the enigma remains as it is undoubtedly one of the finest specimens of filagree metal work (it is covered in gold, silver, copper, brass, niello, and jewelery) of it's age in the western world. It was lovely to admire the sphere of rock crystal at it's centre through which the relic would have been seen - something special to encounter in our Mi Bhealtaine!!

Posted by: Jennifer Gilpin

Created at: 2011-05-25 17:16:08
Updated at: 2011-05-25 19:22:59