|Subject:||The traditional Khachkar (Stone–Cross) Memorial was dedicated by the Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church of UK and Ireland, Bishop Hovakin Manukyan. He was joined by the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Archbishops of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson and the Most Revd Diarmuid Martin, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Revd Brian Anderson and representatives of other denominations.
The Khachkar is part of the Armenian Christian identity and they are generally carved from volcanic stone. The one which now stands in the grounds of the cathedral was designed by Aram Hakhumvan, who lives in Ireland and carved in Armenia by Arta Hambardzumvan. It features a Celtic Cross with an Armenian Cross standing out of it and the rest of the stone has many Irish and Armenian details including shamrocks and grapes. (view image)|