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West Ireland | County Galway

Kilmacduagh (Cill Mhic Dhuach) was founded by St Colman Mac Duach early in the 7th century. Kilmacduagh has one of the finest collection of monastic, buildings in Ireland. The churches were plundered in the 13th century but the site remained the seat of a Bishop until the 16th century. The modern diocese still bears the name of the early monastery. The Cathedral The earliest part, the western end with the blocked-up doorway, was built in the 11th century when the church was probably build to replace a wooden cathedral. The north transept has some simple folk-art crucifixes. The Round Tower The place of refuge for the monks in case of attack, the round tower leans 2 feet out of the perpendicular and probably dates from the 12th century. Temple Mary This small 13th-century church may have been built with stone from an earlier church. Church of St John the Baptist The earliest part of this church could be even older than the cathedral. The Glebe House Possibly the abbot's house, the glebe house was built in the 14th century but altered later. It has been recently reconstructed. O'Heynes Church Built in the first half of the 13th century, this church has a beautifully carved arch over the chancel (the area where the altar once stood) supported by pillars with animal and floral decoration.

    • Freely accessible
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    • Roadside

Photos from Kilmacduagh