Kilmacduagh, literally “church of Duagh’s son”, is a most evocative and intriguing monastic site which dates back to the establishment of an abbey there in the seventh century. Consisting of several church ruins, a leaning round tower, and cemetery this ancient treasure is both haunting and serenely beautiful.

I had the good fortune to discover it by virtue of a wrong turn taken over a decade ago… and have been irresistibly drawn to revisit it on three separate occasions since. Alas, photographs do no justice to the thoughts and feelings evoked by one of the most amazing places that you have never heard of, but here we go…





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