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Where: N Ireland, Causeway Coast and Glens, UK

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Laide Ancient Cross in Cushendall in County Antrim looks pristine and newly minted. The carving is so well developed and clear that one suspects that it may not be quite as ancient as the title suggests? Cushendall and the Antrim coast are a joy to visit with lovely scenery, charming villages and friendly people, well worth a visit!

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_02280

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 10/Aug/2023 07:19:21

    Looking much cleaner in 2010 (front view) via https://www.flickr.com/photos/elianto_blu/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/elianto_blu/2863136597/

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    • 10/Aug/2023 07:39:46

    A reverse view in 2018 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonasgmandersson/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonasgmandersson/27782252238/

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    • 10/Aug/2023 07:45:22

    Thanks Tom ! - youtu.be/64KCXuJnuQo

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Aug/2023 08:28:59

    A large celtic cross marks the burial place of Doctor James MacDonnell co-founder of a hospital in Belfast that was later to become the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast and of the Belfast School of Medicine which became the Queens University ...and from Wikipedia: MacDonnell died at his home at 13 Donegall Place on 5 April 1845. He is buried at the old churchyard at Layde near Cushendall, where his grave is marked with a Celtic cross.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Aug/2023 08:40:01

    His entry at the Dictionary of Irish Biography. born 14 April 1763 near Cushendall, Co. Antrim ... MacDonnell died 5 April 1845 at his residence, 13 Donegall Place, and was buried in the old churchyard at Layde near Cushendall under a tall Celtic cross.

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    • 10/Aug/2023 11:14:38

    Google Earth Link earth.app.goo.gl/bGhySV #googleearth

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    • 10/Aug/2023 15:36:16

    When you look at the Causeway Coast website you will see that there is a stone with a hole in it and there are four lines radiating from the hole which was probably early Christian adaptation of the stone to represent a Celtic Cross. This may have been Mr. French's "Ancient Cross"? https://www.flickr.com/photos/22057311@N00/53053281663/in/photolist-2oQ8WhP-eAMYNn-2oQ7iav/

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    • 10/Aug/2023 17:55:21

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/39191857@N05/] I think it was the NLI who ascribed the ‘ancient’ moniker, rather than Mr. French. Is this the ancient one? Google Earth Link earth.app.goo.gl/6cZTNC #googleearth youtu.be/64KCXuJnuQo

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/Aug/2023 07:42:41

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/184711311@N04 It is listed as Laide Ancient Cross, Cushendall, Co. Antrim in the catalogue, although it is just At Laide, Cushendall, W.L. 2280 on the plate. I see six Lawrences nearby, all with Ancient in the catalogue title, but not on the plate. Not sure if the catalogue titles are from French/Lawrence's books or just an unnamed cataloguer at the NLI.