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The Wurzburg Cross
St. Killians cross was donated to the Diocese of Wurzbrg by Ryanstone for the 1300th anniversary of the martyrs of the three Irish saints Killian, Kolonat and Totnan
Material - Wicklow Granite
Hight - 4.73m (15' 6')
Location - Wurzburg (Germany)
When Paul Ryan of Ryan Stone received a Christmas Card from An Taoseach Mr Charles Haughey in 1988 depicting the 1300th anniversary of St Killian it was decided to Design and manufacture an Irish Celtic Cross in Wicklow Granite from our Own Quarry located 8 Miles from our Blessington Stone works for presentation to the Diocese of Wurzburg.
Paul Ryan contacted the Taoiseach and the late Cardinal O Fiaich to offer an Irish Celtic cross monument manufactured from Wicklow Granite. Following the submission of our Celtic Cross Drawings and designs,showing types of Irish Celtic crosses they in turn spoke to Paul Werner Scheele, Bishop of Wurzburg who graciously accepted the offer.
The Cross was exhibited at the Nuremberg stone fair and it was the first time thet an Irish Celtic cross was exhibted in Germany. It was then transported .to a company in Rhienbach( in which Ryanstone was a shareholder manufacturing Memorials for the German Market) prior to its erection in Wurzberg Bravaria.
The Inscription on the Celtic cross reads in English and Irish "Presented to the Diocese of Wurzburg by An Taoiseach Charles J Haughey and Cardinal O Fiaich on behalf of the people of Ireland.
The cross was completed in 1989 and presented by Cardinal O'Fiach and the Taoiseach Charles J. Haughey who is seen here at our Blessington works inspecting the cross.Cardinal O Fiaich also visited our Stone works to see the Celtic Cross the Cardinal was a fluent Irish speaker and had a great knowledge of the Hitory of Celtic crossses
Article on the Wurzburg Cross, featuring the Taoiseach, Charles J. Haughey published in The Irish Times, Saturday, May 13th 1989
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