I went looking for this little cross a while ago and had passed it twice before finally finding it. Tucked away on the side of a small country road just outside Ballymore Eustace in Co. Kildare. Its about half a mile away from the old Coughlanstown churchyard, but as usual I had run out of time and needed to be heading home, with just enough time to grab a few shots of this interesting little cross. It is actually enclosed with wooden fencing which made getting shots quite difficult, but I presume the fencing was erected to protect the cross from traffic.
There is not a whole lot known about the cross, which is quite basic in design. Carved from granite at a height of 1.33 meters, the shaft measures .36 meters with the arms at .73 meters. It honestly looks like an early Christian cross. But who knows. The National Monuments Service website claims that it may have possibly been erected on a cross base in the nearby graveyard. But then how the hell did it end up half a mile down the road? One local tradition gives an alternative explanation for its current location. The story goes, that the cross was being transported from Tipperkevin to Coughlanstown when the cart on which it was being transported broke and the cross fell off. Apparently the cross was too heavy to lift, so it remained in its current location on the side of the road. Either way it is a rather unusual little find. I would love to know more about it or how old it is. If anyone can help, I would love to hear from you.