Celtic Cross Headstones

What do Celtic Cross Headstones symbolize?

The Celtic cross is one of the most famous symbols of Irish Heritage dating back to the 8th century. Historians believe it was Saint Patrick who first designed the cross which features a circle at its center symbolizing the sun, one of the most important symbols of ancient Celtic life. Generally, the cross is carved from stone with intricate Celtic lacing and biblical imagery. For the most part, the main components of Celtic cross headstones include:

  • The Base: The very bottom of the memorial which usually has a surname inscribed.
  • The Dye: Often a pyramid shape with the names of the deceased engraved.
  • The Cross: The main shaft with intricate Celtic designs and biblical imagery carved.
  • The Cap: Sometimes used as a mini roof placed on the top of the cross to protect it.

Undeniably, the unique shape of the Celtic cross head is it’s defining feature. As well as structurally supporting the arms of the cross the ring also symbolizes Christian and Celtic unity. For the same reason, the ring on the top of the cross was also used by early missionaries of the Catholic Church in an attempt to convert the Celts to Christianity.

What do Celtic Cross Headstones symbolize?
Celtic Cross Headstone with carved Celtic Lacing

Celtic High Cross Monument

Standing majestically above all others this tall cross is traditionally known as a “High Cross”, the oldest and most famous Celtic Cross design. Based on the original High Cross construction, this Irish memorial displays intricate hand-carved Celtic lacing with an outer roped design on the main shaft. The initials “IHS”, a combination of letters representing the holy name of Jesus are also beautifully carved in the center circle of the cross. In addition, the dye which supports the cross is recessed on three sides allowing for numerous inscriptions to be engraved. Made from traditional blue limestone this Celtic High Cross embodies the true spirit of ancient Celtic Christianity.

Celtic High Cross Monument

Celtic High Cross Memorial

Stone: Blue Limestone Size: 120" x 46" Reference: CC1

Celtic Cross Dye and Base in Limestone

High Cross Dye & Base

Stone: Blue Limestone Size: 120" x 46" Reference: CC1

Celtic High Cross with Celtic lacing

High Cross Shaft & Roof

Stone: Blue Limestone Size: 120" x 46" Reference: CC1

Celtic High cross interlace detail

High Cross Hand-Carving

Stone: Blue Limestone Size: 120" x 46" Reference: CC1

Celtic Cross Headstones and Monuments

Newer versions of the High Cross first became popular Irish gravestones in mid nineteenth century Dublin. Afterwards the Celtic cross revival quickly spread to the rest of Ireland and today this iconic symbol still remains one of our most adored memorials. By and large modern Celtic cross headstones display a carved interlace with traditional Celtic Knots on the main shaft. In a like manner, the center of the cross usually has “IHS” or an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus engraved. Compared to the High Cross our modern Celtic cross headstones are significantly smaller in size. As a result, Irish crosses have become increasingly popular especially due to some cemeteries restricting height on memorials.

Celtic Cross Headstones and Monuments

Small Celtic Cross Memorial

Color: Premium Black Size: 75" x 36" Reference: CC2

Celtic Lacing carved from Granite

Celtic Knots Carved in Stone

Color: Premium Black Size: 75" x 36" Reference: CC2

Blue Granite Celtic Cross

Small Celtic Cross Memorial

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 75" x 36" Reference: CC3

Hand-carved granite Celtic Cross

Celtic Engraving on Granite

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 75" x 36" Reference: CC3

Irish Granite Celtic Cross Headstone

Small Celtic Cross Memorial

Color: Steel Grey Stone Size: 75" x 36" Reference: CC4

Old Irish Headstone with Celtic Lacing

Celtic Lacing on Granite

Color: Steel Grey Stone Size: 75" x 36" Reference: CC4

Contemporary Irish Celtic Cross Headstones

Large Celtic Cross Memorial

Color: Premium Black Size: 101 x 42 Reference: CC5

Big Celtic Cross gravestone with Celtic Lacing

Hand-Carved Celtic Lacing

Color: Premium Black Size: 101 x 42 Reference: CC5

Irish Cross in white Carrara Marble

Italian Marble Celtic Cross

Color: Bianco Carrara Size: 97" x 39" Reference: CC6

Celtic Interlace on Bianco Carrara Marble

Celtic Interlace on Marble

Color: Bianco Carrara Size: 97" x 39" Reference: CC6

Irish Style cross gravestones

Medium Sized Celtic Cross

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 84" x 36" Reference: CC7

Irish Cross with engraved interlace

Sandblasted Celtic Lacing

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 84" x 36" Reference: CC7

Celtic Cross Headstone designs

Together with the beauty of its form a Celtic cross headstone design is more popular today than it was at any time in the past. Presently, the inclusion of intricate Celtic crosses carved in stone adorn many new and modern graveside memorials. As can be seen from our examples below our headstone designs are accompanied by exquisitely hand-carved Celtic crosses. In particular, the Boyne and Erne headstone designs are formed around the interlaced cross itself. By the same token, the characteristic beauty of each Celtic cross basically defines the outer shape of the granite memorial. Ultimately, the artistry of modern Celtic cross gravestones gives them an appeal that transcends the bounds of religion, race and territory.

Celtic Cross Headstone designs

Boyne Irish Headstone

Color: Premium Black Size: 54" x 45" Reference: CC8

Gaelic Caving on Headstones

Carved Interlace on Granite

Color: Premium Black Size: 54" x 45" Reference: CC8

Gaelic Headstones with interlacing

Boyne Irish Gravestone

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 54" x 45" Reference: CC9

Interlacing and Sacred Heart on Irish Gravestone

Hand-Carved Interlacing

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 54" x 45" Reference: CC9

Gaelic Headstones in Granite

Celtic Top9 Headstone

Color: Paradiso Bash Size: 54" x 42" Reference: CC10

Irish Headstone with Statues

Celtic Top9 with Statues

Color: Premium Black Size: 54" x 54" Reference: CC11

Gaelic Headstone with Irish cross

Celtic Top9 Gravestone

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 54" x 42" Reference: CC12

Gaelic memorial verses for headstones

Celtic Top9 Tombstone

Color: Premium Black Size: 54" x 42" Reference: CC13

Modern Gaelic Headstone design

Armas Celtic Headstone

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 57" x 50" Reference: CC14

Hand-carved Interlace on Irish Headstone

Gaelic Interlacing in Stone

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 57" x 50" Reference: CC14

New Gravestone design with Gaelic cross

Armas Celtic Gravestone

Color: Premium Black Size: 57" x 50" Reference: CC15

Interlacing on Black Granite Headstones Ireland

Hand-Carved Gaelic Lacing

Color: Premium Black Size: 57" x 50" Reference: CC15

Small Irish Headstone for Cemetery

Diarmuit Celtic Memorial

Color: Premium Black Size: 42" x 48" Reference: CC16

Small Headstones for Graveyards

Engraved Celtic Interlacing

Color: Premium Black Size: 42" x 48" Reference: CC16

Wicklow Granite Headstone with Celtic Cross

Diarmuit Celtic Gravestone

Color: Steel Grey Stone Size: 40" x 48" Reference: CC17

Wicklow Granite Carved Interlace

Hand-Carved Trinity Knots

Color: Steel Grey Stone Size: 40" x 48" Reference: CC17

Erne Celtic Cross Gravestone

Erne Celtic Gravestone

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 45" x 52" Reference: CC18

Erne Irish Headstone with Celtic Interlace

Erne Hand-Carved Interlace

Color: Bahama blue Size: 45" x 52" Reference: CC18

Best Celtic Cross Headstone designs Ireland

Erne Celtic Memorial

Color: Premium Black Size: 45" x 52" Reference: CC19

Celtic Lacing carved on Black Granite Headstone

Erne Celtic Interlace

Color: Premium Black Size: 45" x 52" Reference: CC19

Celtic Cross Headstone Design

Celtic Wave Headstone

Color: Premium Black Size: 42" x 48" Reference: CC20

Celtic Cross interlacing on modern Celtic cross design

Celtic Cross Granite Design

Color: Premium Black Size: 42" x 48" Reference: CC20

Celtic Cross contemporary form

Celtic Wave Gravestone

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 42" x 48" Reference: CC21

New Irish Headstone with Celtic lacing

Interlacing on Granite Cross

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 42" x 48" Reference: CC21

Irish Headstone Designs

Irish gravestones have changed tremendously over the last several centuries. Unlike their older counterparts today’s Irish headstones are for the most part personalized to each individual’s requirement. Gravestones depicting Irish symbols elegantly combine our ancient heritage with a twist of modern day stone masonry. For example, The Irish harp one of Ireland’s most famous emblems plays a prominent feature in new Irish headstone designs. Similarly, the traditional Celtic cross, along with Celtic lacing and trinity knots elegantly embellish our Irish graveside memorials. Together with a time-honored rustic appearance or a modern day polished finish our Irish Headstone designs will ultimately continue your loved one’s legacy for many generations to come.

Irish Headstone designs

Rustic Celtic Headstone

Color: Steel Grey Stone Size: 44" x 44" Reference: AH22

Contemporary Irish Headstone with Celtic knots

Modern Irish Gravestone

Color: Premium Black Size: 45" x 42" Reference: AH23

Old Irish gravestone with rustic finish

Traditional Irish Tombstone

Color: Steel Grey Stone Size: 45" x 36" Reference: AH24

Old Irish Gravestone with Celtic cross

Irish Celtic Cross Memorial

Color: Premium Black Size: 50" x 48" Reference: AH25

Irish Harp Gravestone with inscriptions

Modern Harp Gravestone

Color: Premium Black Size: 50" x 52" Reference: AH26

Harp shaped Headstone

Modern Harp Headstone

Color: Aurora Granite Size: 50" x 52" Reference: AH27

Rough cut granite Tombstone with Celtic cross engraved

Natural Cut Irish Monument

Color: Premium Black Size: 42" x 42" Reference: AH28

Modern Irish headstone with Celtic cross engraved

Celtic Ray Headstone

Color: Paradiso Bash Size: 39" x 42" Reference: AH29

Old Rustic Celtic Gravestone

Rustic Old Irish Gravestone

Color: Steel Grey Stone Size: 62" x 36" Reference: AH30

Gravestone with Irish Shamrock design

Shamrock Headstone

Color: Premium Black Size: 50" x 36" Reference: AH31

Irish Harp Gravestone

Irish Harp Gravestone

Color: Himalayan Blue Size: 50 x 30 Reference: AH32

Old Irish cross gravestone

Old Irish Cross Monument

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 52" x 36" Reference: AH33

Irish Headstone Inscriptions

Generally, finding the right words to best commemorate a loved one is never an easy task. All things considered, finding appropriate Gaelic headstone inscriptions in particular can be challenging. Although this may be true, there are a few key points to keep in mind when choosing an Irish gravestone inscription.

  • Firstly, try to keep your Gaelic headstone inscriptions short and concise. By and large, the shorter you’re Irish gravestone epitaphs are the more profound and contemplative they become.
  • Secondly, and most importantly, choosing an Irish Headstone inscription should always remind us of life beyond our earthly realm and the prospect of meeting our loved ones again.

With this in mind we have compiled a short list of Heavenly inspired Gaelic gravestone inscriptions below with translations included. In order to view the English translation simply click one of our Irish epitaphs. In a similar fashion, you will find examples of Gaelic epitaphs engraved throughout our exclusive selection of Irish and Celtic cross headstones.

Irish Headstone Inscriptions
Gaelic Epitaph example on Gravestone

Short Gaelic Epitaphs

Your two hands O Christ around us / Safe in the arms of Jesus

In Paradise may we be

May God give eternal rest to him

May God give eternal rest to her

With the saints may she be

With the saints may he be

Thy Kingdom come

Your will be done

Eternal Peace to his soul

Eternal Peace to her soul

Please pray for them

May we be gathered in God’s granary

May we meet in God’s nets

May the Lord have mercy on her soul

May the Lord have mercy on his soul

At God’s right hand let him be

At God’s right hand let her be

The Light of Heaven on him

The Light of Heaven on her

May Jesus always live in my heart

The Lord is my shepherd

In loving memory of

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