It is thought that Christian monks combined the sun-god idea with the Christian cross to broaden the appeal to Irish pagans.
This cross is at the 13th century.Collegiate Church in Kilmallock, County Limerick, Ireland. The church is so named because it. was served by a College — a community of clerics, which differed from a monastic community in that it did not follow a monastic rule.
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