Kilmacduagh Monastery

Kilmacduagh , Gort , Co. Galway

Kilmacduagh Monastery
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About Kilmacduagh Monastery

Kilmacduagh Monastery is located at Kilmacduagh in Gort, Co. Galway.

This is the site of an old monastic settlement established in the 7th century by Saint Colman, son of Duagh. According to legend, Saint Colman 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 owned by the O'Shaughnessys centuries later, along with St. Colman's crozier. The girdle was later lost however the crozier is now on display in the National Museum.

The site is dominated by a round tower which is the tallest in Ireland.

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