A showcase of our research on Clones high cross and St Tighernach’s Tomb Shrine took place on Monday, 20 June 2016 at Clones Canal Stores. The event was opened by Dr Finbar McCormick, chair of The Discovery Programmes board. This was followed by a short lecture by Prof Tadhg O’Keeffe which provided a background to the development of the Clones and the place of the high cross within that framework.
Robert Shaw, senior surveyor with the Discovery Programme presented the results of The Discovery Programme’s research in Clones. Minister Heather Humphreys concluded the event with a speech which highlighted the potential use of the heritage of Clones to develop the area as a tourism destination.
The minister also mentioned the importance of the ongoing archaeological research in Clones indicating that the 3D recording of the cross, funded by her department, would facilitate its preservation and restoration in the future.
At the conclusion of the event Minister for Heritage, Heather Humphreys assisted with the 3D scanning of a high cross fragment found in Donagh Old Graveyard, near Glaslough, County Monaghan. The cross fragment is housed in Monaghan County Museum and was brought to clones by the curator of the museum, Liam Bradley. This event was organised in conjunction with the Monaghan Heritage Officer, Shirley Clerkin.
A 3D model of the Clones High Cross can be viewed at this link
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Dr Edel Breathnach was interviewed about The Discovery Programme’s work in Clones, on Northern Sound radio station on Tuesday 14 June.