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Athcarne Cross
Cros Áth Carn
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Athcarne Cross is located in Ireland
Athcarne Cross
Location in Ireland
Alternative name Gaulstown Cross
White Cross
Location Gaulstown, Duleek,
County Meath, Ireland
Region Nanny Valley
Coordinates 53°37′39″N 6°26′58″W / 53.627492°N 6.449501°W / 53.627492; -6.449501
Type Wayside cross
Height 3.11 m (10.2 ft)
Builder Cecilia Bathe
Material sandstone
Founded c. 1675
Site notes
Public access yes
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Athcarne (White Cross)
Reference no. 322

Athcarne Cross, also called Gaulstown Cross or the White Cross, is a wayside cross and National Monument located in County Meath, Ireland.


Athcarne Cross is located near the sources of the Nanny, 3.6 km (2.2 mi) southwest of Duleek.


The cross was erected in c. 1675 by Dame Cecilia Bathe (née Dowdall) as a memorial to herself and her husband Sir Luke Bathe. The cross had been incorporated into the wall of a cottage but it was conserved as a National Monument in 1935 and is known as Athcarne cross, after nearby Athcarne Castle.


On the east face of the cross is depicted the Crucifixion of Jesus with the arms of Jesus being held high above the head along the shaft of the cross, similar to a crux simplex. His feet rest on a skull and crossbones.

On the west face is the Madonna and Child, with the arms of the Bathe and Dowdall families and the Arma Christi.

The head of the cross has carved angels, similar to other wayside-crosses, and a small Maltese cross.

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