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
Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.