Islandeady

Medieval Church

This 13th century medieval church is beautifully situated in a hillside cemetery overlooking Bilberry Lake. I can find very little information about the history of the church other than it is dedicated to St Aidan /Eiden, who reputedly gives the Parish its name (Oileán Éadaigh - the Island of Aidan). It is also believed that a hermit St Aolain lived in Islandeady. Supposedly in nearby Pollanass a double cupped stone shows the impressions of the saints knees. This maybe a bullaun stone which I have failed to locate, but a townland west of here is named Bullaunmeneen. This is a really gorgeous and peaceful area popular with trout anglers.

West gable

Gothic Window

South doorway

Head Carving

Font

Situated: From Castlebar head west on the N5 for about 8 kilometres. Take a left turn signposted Bilberry Lake. Go to the end of this narrow road. There is a car-park at the cemetery.

Discovery Map 32: M 0853 8738. Last visit June 2014.

Longitude: 9° 23' 21" W

Latitude:  53° 49' 40" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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