The Secret of the Seven Crosses
Ď"It was my grandfather who told me about the treasure of Kilfenora,"
said Rory, lowering his voice so much that Malachy and Mary had to learn
forward to hear what he was saying.
"He told me that the monks of
Kilfenora Abbey had a huge store of treasure which they hid, long ago, to keep
it safe from raiders, but that the secret of where itís hidden has been lost
It was a wonderful treasure, he said; it was full of gold coins
and jewels and silver and gold cups and it was brought here from the east in
great jars, taller than a man.
The only thing anyone knew about the hiding
place, his grandfather told him, was the secret was written down in one of the
books of Kilfenora Abbey."í
What does the mysterious pattern in the herb garden mean?
Who is trying to steal the ancient Psalter of King David?
And what has become of the long-lost treasure of Kilfenora?
With the help of his friend Rory, Roryís sister Mary, and a wonderful
Siamese cat, Malachy sets out to discover the secret of Kilfenora before someone
else gets there first.
Cora Harrison writes:
If you visit the little town of Kilfenora you will find two of the ancient
crosses are still there. You will find the stone lid of St Fachtnanís coffin
inside the abbey (or cathedral). You will also be able to identify other places
mentioned in the book.
If you walk along the street you are probably walking on the remains of the
enclosing wall of Kilfenora abbey. The guesthouse for the abbey was on the lane
running beside the modern school and if you walk down the road towards
Smithstown (beside the modern Catholic church) you will see the remains an
ancient fort on your left hand side. Local people will tell you that there is an
underground passageway connecting this fort to the old abbey and I have used
this in my story.
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