Temple Na Hoe

Located to the northwest of Ardfert Cathedral is this ruined 12th century church whose chancel has now disappeared. At the eastern gable is a Romanesque chancel arch of two orders with chevron ornamentation and remnants of a hood. It has decorated columns at each corner, with heads and bird motifs on the capitals. A cornice decorated with spiral bosses once supported a roof. Two-thirds of the interior western end of the structure was blocked from exploration, but a round-headed south window was accessible and the surrounding stonework has a floral motif. It is well worth a return visit to this wonderful site to see the remainder of the interior after restoration has been completed.

Situated: Very Easy. Situated in the centre of Adfert to the west of Ardfert Cathedral.

Discovery Map 71: Q 7851 2119. Last visit July 2011.

Longitude: 9° 46' 56" W

Latitude: 52° 19' 44" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

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