St. Mel's Church

Ardagh , Co. Longford

St. Mel's Church
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About St. Mel's Church

St. Mel's Church in Ardagh, Co. Longford.

In the 5th century, Christianity arrived in Ardagh when St Patrick founded a monastery and St Mel became the first bishop. The first cathedral on this site was constructed of wood. It was not until the 8th century that a stone building was erected and it is those ruins that can be seen today. St Mel is reputed to be buried within its walls. St Brigid joined the monastery led by St Mel and spent her early years as a nun in Ardagh.

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