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Abbeyderg Augustinian Friary
Longford
Midlands East
Abbeyderg, in cemetery
Tel. 043 334 2557
Open: open site
Ruins of 13th century friary; destroyed 1567

Abbeylara Abbey
Longford
Midlands East
Abbeylara, near Granard
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Ruins-- central tower and adjacent walls--of 13th century Cistercian abbey; remodelled 15-16 century with spiral stairs and barrel vault roof; demolished and fell into ruin after dissolution of monasteries in 1540

Abbeyshrule Abbey
Longford
Midlands East
Abbeyshrule village
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Ruins of 1150 Cistercian abbey include east end of church and pointed doorway

Aghaboe Abbey
Laois
Midlands East
Ballacolla
Tel. 0 57 873 9628
Open: open site
Ruins of abbey founded in 6th century by St Canice; burned in 1116, rebuilt as Augustinian abbey, then became Dominican; church ruins of 1700s now where priory once was with parts of abbey buildings incorporated into the church

Aghowle Church
Carlow
South-east
Shillelagh-Tulow road, 6km east of Tullow; 8km west of village of Shillelagh, 400m down country lane
Tel. NA
Open: open site
religious community established in early 6th century; church dates from c1100; rectangular with north, east and west walls mostly intact; some modern additions; old gravestones; granite cross in graveyard

Antrim Round Tower
Antrim
Northern Ireland
Off Steeple Rd, Antrim
Tel. 028 9442 8331
Open: open site
10th century tower, part of a monastic site.

Ardboe Cross
Tyrone
Northern Ireland
B73, 10 miles east of Cookstown on shores Lough Neagh.
Tel. 028 8676 6727
Open: always
National monument, thought to be Ulster’s first high cross.

Ardfert Cathedral, Friary, and St Brendan’s Church
Kerry (North)
Shannon
On R551 Tralee to Ballyheigue road, Kerry (north).
Tel. 066 713 4711
Ruins of 12-17 centuries cathedral and abbey; surviving Romanesque west doorway and 13th century east window; 15th century battlements; restored south transept; 3 medieval churches also on the site; exhibition

Augustinian Abbey of St Mary’s
Meath
Midlands East
Trim
Tel. 046 9436633
Open: Mon-Fri, 2-6pm in Sep only.
15th century castle ruins and 12th century abbey

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Ballintubber Abbey
Mayo
West
Ballintubber, on N84
Tel. 094 9030934
Open: all year
1216 royal abbey in continuous use for over 780 years

Ballymagroarty Heritage Centre
Donegal
North-west
Main Street, Ballintra
Tel. 074 9734966
Ballintra monastery information

Baltinglass Abbey
Wicklow
Midlands East
East bank of the River Slaney on the North side of Baltinglass town
Tel: 0 59 648 2300
Open: open site
12th century abbey ruin; six gothic arches; one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Ireland

Banagher Old Church
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
Off B74, 2 miles south-west of Dungiven
Open: always
Ruined church with nave of 1100; tomb said to be that of founder of the church.

Bangor Abbey
Down
Northern Ireland
Newtownards Rd, Bangor
Tel. 028 9127 1200
Open: contact to arrange
14th century tower and abbey ruins

Bective Abbey
Meath
Midlands East
Halfway between Trim and Navan off R161.
Tel. 046 943 7111
Open: all year, open site
12th century Cistercian abbey ruins

Belfast Cathedral (St Anne’s Cathedral)
Antrim
Northern Ireland
Belfast
Donegall St, Belfast, Centrelink bus
Tel. 028 9032 8332 (tours)
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; on Sun before and after services; services are 10am, 11am, 3.30pm; Mon-Sat, prayer service at 1pm
Stained glass; mosaics; largest celtic cross in Ireland; Irish marble
Web: Belfast Cathedral

Black Abbey
Kilkenny
South-east
Kilkenny
Tel. 0 56 21279
Open: 7am-7pm daily
1225 Dominican friary

Bodoney Church
Tyrone
Northern Ireland
Strabane
Tel. 028 9054 3034
St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland parish church (known as Badoney), built in 1784.

Bovevagh Church
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
Near village of Burnfoot
Tel. 028 7776 0307
Dates from the late Middle Ages on the site of an early monastery.

Boyle Abbey
Roscommon
West
Boyle
Tel. 071 966 2604
Open: April-end Oct, 9.30am-6.30pm daily
12th century Cistercian abbey ruins; restored 16/17th century gatehouse with exhibition; nearby car park

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Carmelite Church
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Whitefriar St
Tel. 0 1 475 8821
Open: not given
Historic church with shrine of St Valentine
Web: Carmelite Church

Castlereagh Presbyterian Church
Antrim
Northern Ireland
Belfast
79 Church Rd, Belfast
Tel. 028 9024 6609
Listed building, Greek Revival style, built 1834-5.

Christ Church
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
Main St, Castlerock
Tel. 028 7034 4723
Cruciform church with a tower and polygonal spire, built 1868-70; listed building.

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Christ Church Place, Dublin 8
Tel. 0 1 677 8099
Open: June-Aug, daily, 9am-6pm; Sep-May, Mon-Sat, 9.45am-5pm; Sun from noon; check website for daily times of services
Dates from 1180s with changes and additions over the centuries, restored 1870s; medieval stone carvings; lady chapel; 1870s great screen; bishop throne; 15th century brass lectern; silver exhibition in 13th century crypt; shop
Web: Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Derry
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
Derry
Infirmary Rd, Derry
Listed building built in 1830, refitted in 1862, and enlarged in 1881; battlemented three-stage tower in primitive Gothic style.

Christ the King Cathedral
Westmeath
Midlands East
Mary St, Mullingar
Tel. 044 48338 or 044 48402
Museum with ecclesiastical artefacts

Christchurch Cathedral
Waterford
South-east
Cathedral Square, Waterford City
Tel. 0 51 858 958
Open: April-Dec, Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, noon-4pm; services 8.45am, 10am every Sun; 10.30 HC every Wed
1773 Norman gothic cathedral; baroque stucco ceiling; monuments; stained glass
Web: Christ Church Waterford

Clondra Abbey
Longford
Midlands East
Early monastic ruins
Clondra
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Ruins of early monastic settlement of late 12th century; ancient carved gravestones in church yard

Clonmacnois Ecclesiastical Site
Offaly (South)
Shannon
Shannonbridge
Tel. 090 9674195
Open: Nov-mid March, daily, 10am-5.30pm; mid March-mid May and mid Sep-Oct, daily, 10am-6pm; mid May-mid Sep, daily, 9am-7pm
Early Christian site founded in 6th century on banks of River Shannon; Interpretive centre; AV; on the site are ruins of cathedral and 8 churches, round towers, high crosses, earthworks; collection of early grave slabs; visitor centre; AV presentation; exhibitions; car park; tea-room

Conflert (St Brendan’s) Cathedral
Offaly (South)
Shannon
Conflert
Tel. NA
Open: not on web
Built in 12th century on monastery site; west doorway of special note; ruins of bishop’s palace in grounds

Cranfield Church and Holy Well
Antrim
Northern Ireland
Churchtown Point, Cranfield Rd, Cranfield, on shores of Lough Neagh
Tel. 028 9442 8331
Open: dawn to dusk
Ruins of 13th century church and St Olcan’s holy shrine, holy well with amber pebbles.

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Delgany Ecclesiastical Remains
Wicklow
Midlands East
Delgany village
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Remains of foundations of nave and chancel of church; in use until c.1789; part of granite high cross in graveyard; several early 18th and 19th century headstones

Devenish Island Monastic Site
Fermanagh
Northern Ireland
Devenish Island, leave from Trory Point from junction of A32/B82, down lane north of Enniskillen
Open: April-Sep, Tue-Sat, 10am-6pm, on Sun from 2p.
12th century round tower, ruined abbey, high cross, small museum

Donaghmore Cross
Tyrone
Northern Ireland
Donaghmore Main St, by graveyard
Tel. 028 8776 7039
10th century sandstone high cross

Donaghmore Heritage Centre
Tyrone
Northern Ireland
26 Market Square, Donaghmore
Tel. 028 8776 1306
Photographs, old school books, documents of local interest.

Down Cathedral
Down
Northern Ireland
English St, Downpatrick
Tel. 028 4461 4922 (cathedral office)
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-4.30pm; Sun, 2-5pm
Church of Ireland; first built in 1183 as a monastery; grave of St Patrick said to be in graveyard; stained glass windows; shop
Web: Down Cathedral

Drumcliffe Visitor Centre
Sligo
North-west
Drumcliffe
Tel. 0 87 218 7428
Open: June-mid Sep, Mon-Sat, 10.30am-1pm and 2-5pm.
History of the church and grave of Yeats; AV presentation; tea, crafts.

Duiske Abbey Visitor Centre
Kilkenny
South-east
Duiske Abbey, Graiguenamanagh
Tel. 059 972 4238
Open: site open 8am-7.30pm
Art exhibition and shop, historic church.

Dunbrody Abbey and Visitor Centre
Wexford
South-east
Dunbrody Park, Arthurstown
Tel. 051 388603
Open: May-end Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; July and Aug until 7pm
Ruins of 12th century Cistercian monastery, small museum, tearoom; Abbey Cookery School
Web: [url=http://www.dunbrodyabbey.com/]Dunbrody Abbey and Visitor Centre

Duncrun
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
Limavady
Tel. 028 7776 0307
Inscribed stone cross at site of St Patrick's monastery; church dedicated to St Aidan. Church of Ireland church on nearby hill built in 1780s.

Dungiven Priory and O Cahan's Tomb
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
East side of Dungiven (A6) by foot down lane passing a wart well and rag tree, signposted.
Open: always
Augustinian priory with tomb of an O'Cahan chief

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Ennis Friary
Clare
Shannon
Abbey St, Ennis
Tel. 353 065 682 9100
Open: April,May, mid-Sep-Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; June-mid Sep, daily 10am-6pm
13th century Franciscan friary with 15th and 16th century sculputres carved in limestone; ornamental screen; east window; public car park nearby

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Fenagh Abbey
Leitrim
North-west
3km from Ballinamore
Tel. NA
Open: NA
Ruined medieval church built on the site of an early Christian monastery; location of famous monastic school

Fore Abbey
Westmeath
Midlands East
Fore
Tel. 044 48650
Ecclesiastical ruins and church

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Gallarus Oratory and Visitor Centre
Kerry (South)
South-west
Ballydavid
Tel. 066 915 5333
Open: April-end Sep, 9am-9pm, off season until 5pm
Preserved oratory of 9-12th centuries.

Gallen Monastic Site
Offaly (South)
Shannon
Near Ferbane
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Foundations of a church on top of an earlier burial ground; early Christian cross-inscribed graveslabs

Glendalough Monastic Site and Visitor Centre
Wicklow
Midlands East
At entrance to Glendalough valley, off R755, near Knockfin
Tel. 0 404 45325
Open: daily in summer, 9.30am-6pm, in winter until 5pm.
Early Christian monastic site founded by St Kevin in 6th century; set in valley of the two lakes; visitor centre; round tower; stone churches; decorated crosses; AV presentation; exhibition; car park; self guided trail; picnic tables

Grey Abbey
Down
Northern Ireland
Greyabbey village
Tel. 028 9054 3037
Open: April-Sep, Tue-Sat, 10am-7pm and on Sun from 2pm; Oct-March, Sat, 10am-4pm, and on Sun from 2-4pm
12th century abbey ruins in 18th century parkland, exhibition.

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Holy Cross Cistercian Abbey and Meditation Garden
Tipperary (North)
Shannon
Four miles south of Thurles at Holycross
Tel. 0 504 43124
Open: year round, daily, 10am-6pm
Restored Cistercian abbey of 1168 now used as parish church; early 15th century wall painting; Tourist Information Centre; exhibition

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Inch Mor Monastery
Longford
Midlands East
On Lough Gowna shores
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Augustinian abbey ruins; one of oldest centres of Christian worship in north Longford area

Innishfallen Abbey
Kerry (South)
South-west
On an island in Lough Leane
Tel. NA
Open: by boat schedule
Abbey founded in 640; monks kept records of Irish history; closed by Queen Elizabeth; boats available to the island from Ross Castle area, from Ross and Reen piers

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Jerpoint Abbey
Kilkenny
South-east
Thomastown, one mile to south-west
Tel. 056 772 4623
Open: March-May daily 10am-5pm, June-mid Sep, 9.30am-6.30pm, mid Sep-mid Nov, 10am-5pm, mid Nov-end Nov, 10am-4pm, last admission 45 min before closing
12th century national monument; well preserved Cistercian ruins with 13-16 century tomb sculpture; 15th century tower and cloister; sculptured clister arcade with carvings; church has Romanesque details; visitor centre; exhibition; car park

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Kells Priory
Kilkenny
South-east
Kells
Tel. 056 772 8255 or 056 772 1450
Large monastic ruin

Kilcoole Church
Wicklow
Midlands East
Kilcoole
Tel. NA
Open: open site
12th century church ruins; nave and chancel; 18th century tombstones in graveyard

Kilcrea Franciscan Friary
Cork
South-west
Ovens
Tel. 021 4273251
Remains of friary founded in 1465; church with tower

Kilcullen Round Tower and High Cross
Kildare
Midlands East
Old Kilcullen, in old graveyard; signposted from the village
Remains of 40 foot high tower of slate stone; monastery was sited here; top part of tower damaged; one small window and arched doorway remain; also on site are church ruins and shafts of two high crosses, one being carved; walk up a hill from off-road parking

Kilfane Church
Kilkenny
South-east
Kilfane
Tel. 056 772 4482 or 056 772 4240
13th century ruin

Killeshin Monastic Site
Laois
Midlands East
Killeshin, just off R430, west of Carlow town
Tel. 0 57 862 1178
Open: open site
Ruins of medieval monastery of 5-6th century; church ruins in Irish Romanesque style; detailed stone carving; parking

Kilmallock Abbey
Limerick
Shannon
Kilmallock
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Ruins of 13th century Dominican building; parts of tower and window survive

Kylemore Abbey Estate
Galway
West
Kylemore, on edge of Kylemore lake
Tel. 095 41146
Open: abbey, visitor centre, church, 9am-5pm; Victorian garden, mid March-end Oct, 10am-4.30pm
Community of Benedictine nuns who welcome visitors; once a family castle; introductory 12 minute film; Victorian walled garden with kitchen and flower areas; abbey; gothic church built 1877; visitor centre; self-serve restaurant; craft and retail shop; parking
Web: Kylemore Abbey

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Long Tower Church
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
Derry
Bishop Street, just outside the city walls of Derry.
Tel. 028 7126 7284
Open daily.
Built in 1784; stained glass windows are special feature.

Lusk Heritage Centre
Fingal
Greater Dublin
Lusk village
Tel. 0 1 843 7683 or 0 1 647 2461 or 0 1 833 1618
Open: phone for details
10th/11th century round tower, medieval belfry, 19th century church all make up the heritage centre; in belfry is exhibition on medieval churches of N County Dublin and 16th century effigy tomb

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Magdalene Tower
Louth
Midlands East
Magdale St, Drogheda
Tel. 0 41 983 7070
Remains of 14th century belfry tower of former Dominican friary; founded c1224

Mona Incha Abbey
Tipperary (North)
Shannon
3 km east of Roscrea
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Remains of church with Romanesque features and gothic insertions and additions

Monasterboice Monastic Settlement
Louth
Midlands East
Monasterboice, off N1
Tel. 0 41 983 7070
Open: open site
remains of monastic settlement founded by Saint Buite in 5th century; old graveyard; two churches; three celtic sculptured crosses; two early grave slabs; sundial; round tower

Moone High Cross
Kildare
Midlands East
Signed from the village of Moone
Second highest high cross in Ireland, 17.5 feet high; dates from 8th century; carved granite; in grounds of ruined 13th century church; parking on side of road by stile

Mount Melleray Abbey
Waterford
South-east
Cappoquin, on Vee Road
Tel. 058 54404
1832 Cistercian abbey, a working monastery

Muckross Abbey
Kerry (South)
South-west
Ross Rd from Killarney
Killarney National Park
Tel. 064 35851.
Open May and Sep daily, 10am-6pm, June-Aug from 9am-6.30pm, Oct, Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm, last admission 45 min before closing
Ruins of mid-15th century Franciscan friary; cloister and associated buildings are complete; car park nearby

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Nenagh Friary
Tipperary (North)
Shannon
Neagh
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Ruins of 13th century Franciscan friary

Nendrum Monastery
Down
Northern Ireland
Off the A22 (Killinchy Road) South of Comber
Open: Easter-end Sep, Tue-Sat, 9am-6pm, on Sun from 1-6pm; Oct-April on Sat from 10am-4pm and on Sun from 2-4pm.
Pre Norman monastic enclosure with buildings.

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Old Mellifont Abbey
Louth
Midlands East
Tullyallen, Drogheda
Tel. 041 982 6459 or 041 9880300
Open: May-Sep, daily, 10am-6pm
First Cistercian monastery in Ireland; founded 1142; octagonal lavabo dates from c 1200; visitor centre with exhibition on masons of middle ages with examples of their work; self-guiding trail; car park; picnic area

Omagh Methodist Church
Tyrone
Northern Ireland
Church Street, Omagh
Tel. 028 8224 7831
Church built in 1857.

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Quin Abbey
Clare
Shannon
Tel. 061 368103 or 061 360788
Open: mid April-mid Oct, 10am-5pm, in May-Aug from 9am.
15th century Quin abbey, Anglo-Norman Knappogue castle

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Rock of Cashel
Tipperary (South)
South-east
Cashel
Tel. 062 61437
Open: mid March-mid June daily, 9am-5.30pm, mid June-mid Sep daily, 9am-7pm, mid Sep-mid March daily, 9am-4.30pm, last admission 45 min before closing time; phone to double check opening times; very busy site with delays in summer
Medieval buildings with 12th century round tower, High Cross, Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, and 15th century castle; AV presentation; exhibitions; car park nearby

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Saint Augustine's Church
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
Derry
Palace St, Derry
Tel. 028 7126 7284
Listed building in the neo-gothic style, dating from 1872; hammerbeam roof.

Saint Brendan’s Cathedral and Museum
Galway
West
Loughrea, on the lake
Tel. 091 41006 or 091 41212
Arts and crafts, stained glass windows

Saint Brigid’s Cathedral and Round Tower
Kildare
Midlands East
Market Square, Kildare
Tel. 0 45 521229 or 0 45 441654
Open: May-end Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
13th century cathedral reconstructed in 19th century; stained glass windows; medieval font; ancient tombs; Kildare round tower in grounds

Saint Canice Cathedral and Library
Kilkenny
South-east
Kilkenny
Open: Easter-Oct, Mon-Sat, 9am-1pm, and 2-6pm; Sun 2-6pm; Oct-Easter, Mon-Sat, 10am-1pm, and 2-4pm; Sun, 2-4pm only
13th century cathedral; library

Saint Columb's Cathedral
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
Derry
Near Bishop St, city centre, Derry
Tel. 028 7126 7313 (for tour information)
Open: year round, Mon-Sat; in summer, 9am-5pm; in winter 9am-4pm but closed for lunch between 1 and 2pm; services on Sun and Tue
Cathedral dates from 1633; chapter house museum; marble memorials; oldest bell in Ireland (1614); stained glass windows; old flags; roof corbels
Web: St Columb’s Cathedral

Saint Columbas Parish Church
Tyrone
Northern Ireland
Omagh
Tel. 028 8224 7831
Built in 1777; stained glass windows

Saint Columba’s Church
Meath
Midlands East
site of monastery Kells; church in use
Kells
Tel. not given
Open: not given
Original site of monastery of Kells; founded by Iona island monks; church destroyed in 918 by raiders; parish church rebuilt 1578 with only surviving part being the bell tower; church on site now built 1778; restorations; exhibition; church still in use

Saint Columcille’s House
Meath
Midlands East
Kells
Tel. 0 46 924 7840 (Kells Tourist Office)
Open: by key; contact Kells Tourist Office
Oratory; dates from 10th century

Saint Eugene’s Cathedral
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
Derry
Derry
Open: daily.
Finished in 1903, built in the gothic revival style.

Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral
Cork
South-west
Dean St, Cork City
Tel. 021 496 3387
Open: April-Sep, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5.30pm; Sun, 12.30-5.30pm; Oct-March, Mon-Sat, 10am-12.45pm, then 2-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm; check website for service days and times
First a medieval cathedral, then an 18th century one on the site; present cathedral dates from 1870 and was designed by William Burges
Web: St Fin Barre Cathedral

Saint Lurach’s Church
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
Derry
Derry
Tel. 028 7963 1510
St Lurach’s Romanesque style monument in graveyard with carved stone doorway dating from 11th century.

Saint Malachy’s Church
Antrim
Northern Ireland
Belfast
Alfred St; centrelink bus
Tel. 028 9032 1713
Built 1844; ornate interior; white stucco rococo ceiling

Saint Marcartin’s Cathedral and Regimental Chapel
Fermanagh
Northern Ireland
Enniskillen
Tel. 028 6632 3110
Open: May-early autumn, Mon-Sat, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm
Historic cathedral with Inniskillings Regimental chapel

Saint Mels Cathedral Diocesan Museum
Longford
Midlands East
St Mels Cathedral, Longford
Tel. 043 46465
Open: gutted by fire, still being restored in 2012
Designed in Italian renaissance style; Diocesan Museum in cathedral

Saint Mullins Ecclesiastical Complex and Heritage Centre
Carlow
South-east
Saint Mullins
Tel. 059 9724140
a former medieval Church of Ireland, now a ruin; base of a round tower; high cross

Saint Patrick’s Anglican Cathedral
Armagh
Northern Ireland
Cathedral Close, Armagh
Tel. 028 3752 3142
Open: April-Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-March, 10am-4pm; conducted tours June-Aug
Extensively restored in 1800s
Web: St Patrick’s Cathedral

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8
Tel. 0 1 475 4817
Open: year round, Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; March-Oct, also on Sat same hours; Nov-Feb, 9am- 5pm on Sat; see website for Sunday details which depend on service times
Stained glass; two celtic stone slabs; medieval tiles; medieval font; memorials to writer Jonathan Swift; 1270 lady chapel; shop
Web: St Patrick’s Cathedral

Saint Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral
Armagh
Northern Ireland
Cathedral Road, Armagh
Tel. 028 37 522802
Open: all day until dusk
Catholic Cathedral of mid 1800s

Saint Patrick’s Centre
Down
Northern Ireland
53A Market St, Downpatrick
Tel. 028 4461 9000
Open: Oct-Mar, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; April-May and Sep, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5.30pm; Sun, 1-5.30pm; Jun-Aug, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-6pm; Sun, 10am-6pm
Story of the saint using an exhibition and multimedia presentations; shop; arts and crafts exhibitions; shop; Tourist Information Centre
Web: St Patrick’s Centre

Saint Patrick’s Well
Tyrone
Northern Ireland
Lower Strabane Road, Castlederg
Tel. 028 8167 0795
Well which St Patrick is said to have drunk from

Saint Ruadhan’s Abbey
Tipperary (North)
Shannon
Lorrha
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Ruins of monastery founded 540; remains of two high crosses of 750; St Ruadhan’s Well nearby

Scattery Island
Clare
Shannon
2 km boat trip from Kilrush marina
Tel. 353 65 6829 100 (Ennis Friary contact no)
Open: mid June-mid Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; last landing one hour before closing, dependent on weather conditions
Home to monastery founded by St Senan in early 6th century; 120 foot high round tower and several churches remain; Viking invasions destroyed much; exhibition of island history in visitor reception building; facilities on island are toilets only

Sinclair Seamen’s Church
Antrim
Northern Ireland
Belfast
Corporation Square
Tel. 028 9071 5997
1857 L-shaped church with tower leading to gallery linked to church by bridge; ship-shaped parts in the interior decoration.

Sligo Abbey
Sligo
North-west
Abbey St, Sligo
Tel. 0 71 914 6406
Open: mid-March-end Oct, daily, 10am-6pm; Nov-mid Dec, Fri, Sat, Sun, 9.30am-4.30pm
Dominican friary founded mid 13th century; carvings; tomb sculptures; cloisters; 15th century scultured high altar; visitor centre; exhibition; car park nearby

St Audoen’s Church
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Cornmarket, High St, Dublin 8
Tel. 353 1 677 0088
Open: June-Sep, daily, 9.30am-5.30pm
Medieval parish church built 1181-1212; enlarged in 15th century; downsized in 18th and 19th centuries; visitor centre; note that Catholic church of same name is beside this church; only remaining medieval church in Dublin; exhibition on the church in medieval times; restored 17th century memorials; 15th century effigy tomb

St Cronan’s Parish Church
Tipperary (North)
Shannon
Roscrea
Tel. not given
Open: not given
Church built in 1812; 12th century Romanesque church gable is now entrance to the churchyard

St Mary’s Abbey
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Dublin City
Chapter House, Meetinghouse Lane, off Capel St, Dublin 1
Tel. 353 1872 1490
Open: mid-June-Sep, Sat, Wed, no times given
Two rooms of a former wealthy Cistercian abbey founded 1139 remain: chapter house and slype; exhibition

St Mary’s Cathedral
Limerick
Shannon
Limerick City
Tel. 0 61 310 293
Open: not given on website; services held various times
Founded 1168; oldest building in the city; 15th century black oak choir stalls and misericords; 15th century carvings in the north transept, memorials, and tombs; restored a number of times
Web: St Mary’s Cathedral

St Mary’s Church
Kildare
Midlands East
Main St, Leixlip
Tel. 624 0976 (parish office)
Open: for services; other times not given
Church of Ireland church; dates from c1172; all but tower destroyed by Robert the Bruce in 1317; reconstruction of church in 1600s and in 20th century; barrel vaulted crypt

St Mary’s Church
Kilkenny
South-east
Gowran
Tel. 353 1 647 2453
Open: not given
Collegiate church dates from 13th century; on site of former monastery; tower added in late middle ages between nave and chancel; tower part of parish church built in 19th century in former chancel; exhibition; parking

St Mary’s Pro Cathedral
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
83 Marlborough St, Dublin 1
Tel. 01 874 5441
Open: Mon-Fri, 7.30am-6.45pm; Sat, 7.30am-7.15pm; Sun, 9am-1.45pm and 5.30-7.45pm
Catholic cathedral dating from 1816-25; built on site of ancient monastic centre; carved altar; masses, choir
Web: St Marys Pro Cathedral

St Michan’s Church
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Lower Church St, Dublin
Tel. 01 872 4154
Open: April-Oct, Mon-Fri, 10am-12.45pm, 2-4.30pm; Nov-March, Sat, 10am-12.45pm
Original church was constructed in 1095; rebuilt 1686 and 1828; oak organ; underground vault with mummified bodies

St Peter and St Paul Collegiate Church
Limerick
Shannon
Kilmallock
Tel. NA
Open: NA
Built in 13th century; parts added to the tower belonged to 10-11th century round tower; 13th century east window from priory; aisled nave; south transept has 13th century door on north wall; nave and transept altered in 15th century

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Tamlaght
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
At the east entrance to Ballykelly village, turn right into King's Lane; continue off to the left into Tully Road.
Tel. 028 7776 0307
Ruins of round tower and Tamlaght Finlagan Church, said to be the remains of an abbey founded by Columba in 575 AD.

Terryglass Abbey
Tipperary (North)
Shannon
Terryglass
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Ruins of monastery founded in 6th century

Timogue Church
Laois
Midlands East
Near village of Timogue
Tel. 0 57 862 1178
Open: not given
Dates from 1730s; early monuments and memorials; nearby are two ring forts and ruined mill

Timoleague Franciscan Abbey and Castle Gardens
Cork
South-west
Timoleague, at head of sea inlet
Tel. 021 4273251 or 023 46116
1312 ruined Franciscan abbey and castle; lived-in country house, lawns, terraces, borders, walled garden, church

Tintern Abbey
Wexford
South-east
Saltmills, New Ross
Tel. 353 51 562 650
Open: mid June-late Sep, daily, 10am-6pm
Cistercian abbey founded c 1200; remains of nave, chancel, tower, chapel, and cloister; adapted for various purposes over the centuries; exhibition; car park; tea-room

Trinity Presbyterian Church
Tyrone
Northern Ireland
James St, Omagh, town centre
Tel. 028 8224 7831
One of oldest churches in Omagh; founded in 1752.

Tristernagh Abbey
Westmeath
Midlands East
On shores of Lough Iron near Ballynacargy
Tel. NA
Open: open site
13th century ruins of Augustinian abbey

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