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Mac Duagh’s Hermitage

Mac Duagh’s Hermitage, Co Clare

At the end of the sixth century, St Colman Mac Duagh went to live in a cave in an isolated part of the Burren. He stayed there seven years before establishing a small monastery at Kilmacduagh, near Gort. The cave has been a place of pilgrimage since medieval times – the ruin of the small oratory presumably dates from that period.

The gable of the oratory
The gable of the oratory, with a leacht in foreground. These rectangular stone-built structures are often found in association with early churches. Their exact purpose is uncertain, but they may have been altars or prayer stations

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The nearby well
The nearby well
St Mac Duagh's cave
St Mac Duagh’s cave

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