A curragh, or skin covered boat, with helmsman urging on four oarsmen as they strike heavenwards amid a sea of crosses. (Note, the boat is vertical on the staff of the original Kilnaruane Pillar, standing in a field above Bantry Bay, West of Cork.) This amazingly accurate depiction of oarsmen dates from the early Christian period. It may celebrate St. Brendan, who in the 6th.C, with his crew of four, discovered America some 1,000 years before Columbus. Mythically, it depicts the journey of Everyman, sailing across uncharted perilous seas to reach heaven, or hell. Or, the church ferrying it's flock to heaven through seas of adversity.
From an original design by Kathleen Smyth. Cast by hand at Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland.