Glasnevin Cemetery Contains Many Fine Examples Of The Celtic Cross
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The Celtic Revival of the mid-19th century led to an increased use and creation of Celtic crosses in Ireland.
In 1853 casts of several historical high crosses were exhibited to interested crowds at the Dublin Industrial Exhibition.
In 1857, Henry O’Neill published Illustrations of the Most Interesting of the Sculptured Crosses of Ancient Ireland. These two events stimulated interest in the Christian and non-Christian Celtic crosses as a symbol for a renewed sense of heritage within Ireland.
New versions of the high cross were designed as fashionable cemetery monuments in Victorian Dublin in the 1860s. From Dublin the revival spread to the rest of the country and beyond.
Since the Celtic Revival, the ringed cross became an emblem of Celtic identity, in addition to its more traditional religious symbolism.