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.
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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:
- St Caimin’s tomb shrine. In front of it is a cross slab and a cross base.
- St Caimin’s 10C is now re-roofed and the Romanesque arch restored.
- St Colum’s church was added to the above church to form a chancel and is dated to the 12C. It may have been built on the site of his cell.
- Church of the Wounded Men from the 12C
- St Brigit’s Church from the 12C with a fine Romanesque doorway
- St Mary’s Church a 13/14C church.
- St Michael’s church once stood on the brow of the island.
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