Kilaspugbrone Church and Cemetery

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Killaspugbrone Church dates back to the 12th century, courtesy of the Killaspugbrone Preservation Society there is a well maintained panel which details its connections to St. Patrick. To reach this beautiful destination you turn right just past the ‘Strandhill Surf School’ shop instead of left along the shore which is the usual way to walk, you head along the dunes and cross the end of the airport runway, and then follow the path to the ruin.

This church was a major pilgrimage site that contained the relic of St. Patrick known as the Fiacail Pádraig (now in the National Museum). According to Patricks biographer Tirechán in his Collectanea, Patrick prophesied that the sea would force his heirs to move closer to the river Sligo, now the Garavoge (Sligo).

The present building dates to the 12th century. The church was the victim of Viking attack, perhaps the same expedition that assaulted Inishmurray. The church is the subject of an ongoing preservation initiative by the Killaspugbrone Preservation Society.

 

Killaspugbrone Loop

 

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