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Kilmacduagh Monastic Site

An October 2005 trip to County Galway by atherts

Kilmacduagh Tower Photo, More Photos
Quote: Well preserved and very large monastic site, with an intact but leaning round tower.

Kilmacduagh Monastic Site

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Overview

Kilmacdaugh Monastic Complex Photo,
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The monastery was founded in the 7th century by St. Colman MacDuagh under the patronage of Guaire, King of Connacht. Most of the present buildings date from the 13th - 14th centuries. This site was of such importance that it became the center of a new diocese of Kilmacduagh in the 12th century. The monastery was plundered several times in the 13th century. The interesting stonework features that are scattered throughout the small churches are worth searching for amongst the ruined buildings and gravestones. The tower is interesting, both as a fine example of this particularly Irish style of building, but also because of its noticeable lean of over 2 feet from vertical. The tower is over 111...Read More

Kilmacduagh Tower

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Attraction | "Kilmacduagh Monastic Site"

Kilmacduagh Tower Photo,
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We were nearing the Burren, in fact you can see it in the background of some of the photos. We were on the lookout as always for anything that looked ruined and was more than a wall or two. Of course we'd stop for a wall or two if we didn't see something better, or it had been more than 15 minutes since the last ruin. We could see what was apparently a fairly large set of buildings with a round tower. As we approached we found out that they were much more extensive than we first thought. We went to the furthest set of buildings first, as there were a gaggle of tourists walking around the closest buildings. After a short walk between stone walls we climbed a fence and walked around the back. The sky wa...Read More

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Kilmacduagh Tower
Corofin Road
Co. Galway, Ireland
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Solo Cow Nose Photo,
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Next to the car park there is a large field well populated with grass, cows and their residue. The cows were watching us over the stone wall and scratching their chins on the top of the wall. My wife was quite taken with these cows, and spent a good deal of time trying to coax them over so she could pet their noses, and get some good pictures of them over the stone wall. Several of the cows seemed to have mild colds and their noses were running and they sneezed on occasion. She had various degrees of success with coaxing them over, but fortunately avoided having them sneeze on her. We did get several good pictures of them looking over the stone wall at us. Here is a link to our favorite ver...Read More