Glaspatrick

Early Medieval Church

Glaspatrick (glaise Phádraig-Patrick's stream) takes it's name from the nearby stream that runs from the summit of Croagh Patrick to the sea. The remains of the small church, possibly 12th century, and burial ground stands within an early ecclesiastical enclosure. Only part of the north and south walls remain standing. The burial ground was mainly used for the burial of Clew Bay Islanders. A holy well, which I did not find, is situated against the outer stone wall of the enclosure. According to tradition Totmaol, St Patrick's charioteer, died in this area and was buried here.

North wall interior

Situated: Nestled below Croagh Patrick. From Murrisk travel 2 kilometres west toward Louisburgh. The church is on your left. (signposted). Look from a small metal gate with a white cross.

Discovery Map 30: L 9081 8245. Last visit May 2017.

Longitude: 9° 39' 24" W

Latitude: 53° 46' 48" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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