Early Christian Churches 400 – 1100 ad

Early Christian Churches 400 – 1100 ad

Castledermot, co.Kildare. c.10th Round Tower, c.9th Crosses and c.12th Friary

The small town of Castledermot in south Kildare takes it's name from 'Diseart Diarmad' meaning 'Dermot's Hermitage'. It must have been a very important ecclesiastical centre as there are many fine ruins including the remains [...]

St Bridget’s High Cross, Kildare Town. co.Kildare c.9th-12th (Cill Dara-Church of the Oak)

St Brigid's High Cross stands 9 feet tall in the grounds of St Bridget's Cathedral in Kildare Town. The cross is difficult to date because many of it's granite features have worn away and the [...]

Skellig Michael, Kerry. 6th-12th centuries (Sceilig Mhichíl- ‘Michael’s Rock in the Sea’)

This incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site is the early Christian monastery of Skellig Michael. It is located 13 km off the Kerry coastline at an altitude of 600 feet and is one of the most dramatic [...]

Taghadoe Round Tower, Taghadoe. co.Kildare c.10th Century

Taghadoe derives its name from 'Teach Tua', meaning House of Tua. St Tua, also known as Ultan the Silent, was the abbot of Clonmacnoise who founded the monastery here. Little is known of it except [...]

Duleek Church, Duleek. co.Meath c.6th or c.7th century a.d

The historic village of Duleek began as an early Christian monastic settlement and has the earliest record of a stone built church in the country. St Patrick established a bishopric here in about 450 [...]

The Rock of Cashel, Cashel. co.Tipperary 11th-14th centuries (Caiseal / Rock of the Kings)

The Rock of Cashel is one of the most striking monuments in Ireland and has some of the finest collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe. The site includes St Cormac's beautiful Romanesque [...]

Gallarus Oratory, Gallarus. co. Kerry c.6th -12th century a.d?

The Gallarus Oratory located on the Dingle Peninsula is one of Ireland's most famous landmarks. It's simple and stunning shape has been compared to that of an upturned boat. Every stone in it's construction has [...]

Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge. co.Offaly – founded 546 a.d

The monastery of Clonmacnoise was founded by St Ciarán in 546 a.d. and is one of Ireland's most important ecclesiastical centres. This strategic location on the Shannon was where the main east-west road across the [...]

Moone High Cross, Moone. co.Kildare-10th century a.d

The beautiful Moone High Cross is a masterpiece among granite crosses and is the 2nd largest in Ireland. Only 200 High crosses survive in Ireland with the majority being fragmentary like the holed cross also [...]

Cong Abbey, Cong. co. Mayo – founded 1135

These are the remains of the Royal Augustinian Abbey of Cong. It contains some of the finest examples of early architecture in Ireland including Gothic windows, Romanesque doors, clustered pillars, arches, standing columns and floral [...]

The Skull House, Moville. co.Donegal – c.6th century a.d

This curious looking is called the Skull House. It measures 8.5 X 6.5 feet and may have served as an oratory. It stands within a graveyard in the parish of Cooley overlooking Lough Foyle and [...]

St Doulagh’s Church, Cross and Baptistry, Balgriffin. co.Dublin – c.12th century a.d

St Doulagh's Church is Ireland's oldest stone-roofed church that is still in use today. The complex also comprises of a stone pool-house and an octagonal structure which is also Ireland's only surviving standalone baptistry. The [...]

Baldongan Church and Tower, Skerries. co.Dublin – c.13th century a.d

This national monument are the ruins of a fortified church constructed by the Knights Templar in the 13th century. It is located between Lusk and Skerries in north co. Dublin. A castle which lay adjacent [...]

St Brecan’s Church, St Columb’s Park. Derry City – c.1600 on 6th century site

This is St Brecan's Church located in St Columb's Park and is reputed to be the oldest building in Derry. It was built by Redmond O'Gallagher (the Bishop of Derry) circa 1600. St Brecan was [...]

St Kevin’s Church, Glendalough. co.Wicklow – c.12th century a.d (Gleann dá Loch-‘Valley of Two Lakes’)

St Kevin's Church is located in the stunning setting of Glendalough. Kevin (or Chaoimhin – the fair-begotten) was born in 498 into a noble family and after studying for the priesthood set out to find his [...]

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