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


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


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