Church Island

Early Christian Monastic site






St. Fínán Cam (aka St Finnian, Fionain) was reputedly born in Kerry in the 6th century. It is believed he studied under St Brendan of Clonfert before establishing a monastery at Kinnity in County Offaly. Fionain (fair-haired) returned to Kerry and founded the small monastic settlement here on Church Island, Lough Currane. It is almost impossible to drive around the Iveragh Penisula (The Ring of Kerry) without coming across some reference to St Finan, the Holy Well, and Killemlagh Church at St Finian's Bay are a few of the sites associated with him. He probably established the early christian site at Innisfallen on Loch Leane, where it is wrongly accredited to St Finian Lobhar on the information board.

Cross slabs


St Finan's Cell





Discovery Map 83: V 5324 6687. Last visit June 2018.

Longitude: 10° 7' 46" W

Latitude: 51° 50' 6" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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