23rd January 2013
Donegal County Museum Seeks Information on the Glennagivney Stone Cross Slab
Donegal County Museum is seeking information on the current location of an archaeological artefact; the Glennagivney stone cross slab decorated with a wheeled (round) Latin cross is carved in relief. The slab measures 61cm long, 15cm x 8cm width. The stone cross-slab was found in a ringfort the Townland of Glennagivney. The cross slab was removed for safekeeping and was in the possession of Mr. T. O' Kane until he died in 1973, when it was removed to the Parochial House in Moville. The last known location for the cross slab was Moville Parish Church, where it was on public display in the church before renovations started in c. 2008 after which it disappeared.
Grave-slabs give us a small window into the life of the early Church in County Donegal. While grave-slabs like this were used up into the later-medieval period, this type represent some of the earliest Christian artwork to be put onto stone in Ireland. Latin cross slabs are usually 10th Century in date.
We are appealing for information on the cross slab’s current location and the return of the slab. If anyone has any information, please contact Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal T 074 9124613 E firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor’s note: As a “Designated Museum”, Donegal County Museum is legally entitled to retain objects on behalf of the State. All archaeological objects found with no known owner belong to the State. All such finds must be reported to the National Museum or to a designated museum e.g. Donegal County Museum. If the object is primarily of local importance it will be kept in the Donegal County Museum for educational or display purposes.