Kilmacduagh Cathedral

Templemore Macduagh

The monastery was founded here by St Colman in the 7th century. He was a son of Duagh who was related to a local royal family. His cousin King Guaire Aidne mac Colmáin of Connacht gave him the land to build for his church. The Cathedral dates to the 11th/12th century. This is a fabulous site to visit. As well as the Cathedral there is a 34 metre tall Round Tower, A fortified Glebe House, where the abbot lived and at least four other churches. We arrived at Kilmacduagh in cloudy but dry weather, before we could obtain the key to enter the cathedral the weather took a turn for the worst, we had to leave the interior and one of the other churches for a later visit. The next few pages will take you around these extensive remains.

Small window in west gable

Mask above chancel arch

Situated: From Gort in Galway head southwest on the R460 for 6 kilometres. The Cathedral is next to the round Tower. A key can be obtained, for a small deposit, from the Tower View Villa opposite The Glebe House.

Discovery Map 52: M 4046 0009. Last visit April 2012.

Longitude: 8° 53' 17" W

Latitude: 53° 2' 54" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

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