Inishmaine Abbey

Inishmaine Abbey

We arrived in Cong a little earlier than we expected, so we decided to drop up to the early medieval abbey at Inishmaine. St Corbmac founded the first church here on the island in the 7th century. The present church was built in the early 13th century when the Benedictines had taken over the church. A number of ashlar blocks in the nave and the lintelled north doorway may have come from an earlier structure. We were both impressed with the gorgeous carvings on the capitals of the chancel arch, see image below. Inishmaine is no longer an island and can easily be accessed by car, so no excuses.

Situated: On private land. From Cong head west on the R345. Then turn right onto the L1612. After 7 kilometres turn left. 2 kilometres turn right. Go through farm-gates and turn right towards house.

Discovery Map 38: M 1385 6170. Last visit April 2012.

Longitude: 9° 18' 5" W

Latitude: 53° 35' 53" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

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