Ireland’s only stand alone baptistry & The oldest stone roofed church still in use today

St Dowlagh’s Church is the oldest stone roofed church that is still in use today. The oldest part of the church dates from the 12th century however it is believed that St Dowlagh probably lived here as a hermit sometime in the early 7th century AD. In the 19th century there was some dispute over the existence of St Doulagh and if this church was actually built by Vikings. Recent research has however confirmed he did exist and that the methods of construction for the church were indigenous. Its grounds also contain the only ‘standalone baptistery’ in the country. This octagonal structure is built over an underground spring which leads to an open air body of water called St Catherine’s Pond.