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Annaghdown Cathedral   -   Corrandulla
 
 
       
This priory was designed along military lines, as shown by these remaining fortifications.

Annaghdown, situated on the shores of Lough Corrib, was once the site of a 12th century diocese, later abandoned by the Diocese of Tuam.

St. Brendan of Clonfert is supposed to have died here in 577 A.D., having first founded a monastry.

Annaghdown Cathedral County Galway Ireland

 

The archaeological remains of the village reflect its monastic history, and comprise holy wells (named after St. Brendan and St. Cormac) and ruins of a castle, the cathedral and Augustinian priory, another religious foundation.

St. Brendan of Clonfert (aka Brendan the Navigator) received the grant of land here from the Kig of Connacht in the sixth century. The building itself is rather drab and does not prepare one for the fantastically intricate design of the window, which was probably swiped from the Priory, down the road. The cathedral is sited on the foundations of a church that was burned in the twelfth century - the current building dates from the fifteenth century.

There are a number of other ruins on the same site, such as the Abbey of St. John the Baptist De Cella Parva and the College of St. Brendan. There was also supposed to be a round tower on the site until the early part of the thirteenth century - there was no trace of it even 150 years ago.

 

 
 
 
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