County Clare

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Holy Island

County Clare

St Colum founded a monastery here in Lough Derg in the 6C. The Irish name Inishcealtra means Island of Churches. But St Mac Creiche the hermit was here before him.

OS: 58 697 850 marked

St Colman Stellan, the abbot, died here 651.

St Caiman also made a foundation here in 640.

St Coelan is associated with the Island in the 8C.

There are many churches including:

There is the shaft of a High Cross, a Round Tower and near the western shore a Holy Well. There are some bullaun stones. Also a stone with holes connected from either end used to seal an agreement with handshake

There is a remarkable graveyard with many undisturbed grave slabs.

There is a 12C slab of Domnall the Priest right in front of the church.

There are several crosses and cross slabs inside St Caimin"s church which is, unfortunately, often locked.

see also: Holy Island, a History by Gerard Madden

See also:

Arriving St Caimin's tomb shrine St Caimin's church and Round Tower (2) St Caimin's church and Round Tower (1) St Colum's St Colum's The altar Church of the Wounded Ones (1) St Brigit's (3) St Brigit's Church (1) St Brigit's church (2) St Mary's church (1) St Mary's church entrance Bullaun Stone (1) Bullaun Stone (2) Clinching an agreement Cross base in graveyard Crosses and slabs inside St Caimin's Early Graves (2) Entrance to Graveyard Grave Grave Grave of the 10 men with crossbase Graves (2) Graves in Graveyard Graves Graves High Cross Stump (1) High Cross stump (2) High Cross stump - sideview Holy Well and Shannon IMG_0740 IMG_2942 IMG_2943 IMG_2944 IMG_2957 IMG_2968 IMG_2990 IMG_2991 IMG_2992 more slabs inside St Caimin's Round Tower St Caimin's Cross Slab St caimin's Cross Slabs St Caimins doorway St Colum's church St Mary's Cross Slab (1) St Mary's Cross Slab (2) Cross 1 in store in church Cross 2 in store in church Cross 3 in store in church