Lateevemore / Leataoibh Mór

Templenacloonagh early Christian site

Templenacloonagh is an early ecclesiastical site located at Lateevemore. The site is divided by a field boundary running through the centre. Most of the remains are in the southern half of the enclosure. Situated in this half are the remains of a boat shaped oratory, pictured below, two leacht features and two cross inscribed pillar stones. The two pillar stones remain standing. Also inside the enclosure are some childrens graves and a holed or pivot stone.

Pictured below right is the northern pillar stone standing at 1.52 metres high, The west face shown here, is inscribed with four crosses. The top of the uppermost cross has been broken away. A circle at the base of the upper cross contains an equal armed cross with extended terminals. The third cross is a latin type cross with a bar terminal at the head, extended terminals on the arms and a scroll terminal at the base. The fourth cross is partially buried. The east face is inscribed with a single Latin cross. Below left is the southern pillar stone standing at 1.58 metres high and inscribed with an unusual triple barred cross, the upper bar and shaft has a lozenge where they meet and the shaft has bifurcated terminals. The middle bar has triangular terminals. The terminals of the lower bar are bifurcated. A smaller cross can be seen further down the pillar. The site has a field boundary running down the centre. A third cross inscribed stone is said to lie on a wall of the church ruin in the field to the north, but this maybe now missing.

Southern pillar

Northern pillar

Situated: From Dingle take the R559 North after four kilometres take a left turn sign-posted for Gallarus Oratory keep left at the next fork follow the the road for a kilometre take the next left and park. walk up this road for about 300 metres the site is spread across two fields on your left.

Discovery Map 70: Q 3906 0419. Last visit May 2021.

Longitude: 10° 21' 9" W

Latitude: 52° 9' 58" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and José Gutiérrez.

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