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Kilmacduagh Monastery   ~   Gort

 
       
Kilmacduagh Monsastry is the site of an old monastic settlement, 5 km from the town of Gort. It was the birthplace of the Diocese of Kilmacduagh, whose name means "church of Duagh's son".

The 7th century saint, Saint Colman, son of Duagh, established a monastery on land given him by his cousin King Guaire.

Kilmacduagh Monastery Gort County Galway Ireland
   
The monastery contains a round tower, notable as both fine example of this particularly Irish feature but also because of its noticeable lean, over half a metre from the vertical. The tower is over 30 metres tall, with the only doorway some 7 metres above ground level.

This site was of such importance that it became the centre of a new diocese, the Diocese of Kilmacduagh, in the 12th century; it is now incorporated into the Diocese of Galway. The monastery, because of its wealth and importance, was plundered several times in the 13th century.
 
Kilmacduagh Monastery Gort County Galway Ireland The name Kilmacduagh means "church of Duagh's son". The 7th century saint, Saint Colman, son of Duagh, established a monastery on land given him by his cousin King Guaire.

According to legend, Saint Colman MacDuagh was walking through the woods of the Burren when his girdle fell to the ground. Taking this as a sign, he built his monastery on this spot.

 
The girdle was said to be studded with gems and was held by the O'Shaughnessys centuries later, along with St. Colman's crozier, or staff. The girdle was later lost, but the crozier came to be held by the O'Heynes and may now be seen in the National Museum of Ireland. This early Christian site is well worth a visit not only for its ruined churches and well preserved round tower, but also the site affords a splendid view of the local area, and is the centre of interesting local legends and folklore.
 
 
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