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Perhaps not the easiest place to find and a detour off any given route between main spots the... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2018
Western Ireland, Ireland
Small Peaceful Cathedral for a St Brendan's Burial Site

Interesting that this small church is called a cathedral. When we stopped by in March we had the... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2016
Warrington, Pennsylvania
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Clonfert, Ballinasloe, Ireland
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Reviewed 16 July 2018

Perhaps not the easiest place to find and a detour off any given route between main spots the cathedral is worth looking for. Clearly Church of Ireland the main point of note and claim to fame is the Romanesque Arched doorway. There is a lot...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Tony2Phones
Reviewed 2 June 2018

It's not often you feel different when visiting places but this is one of those. I have been here on three occasions and enjoyed each and every one of them. when you come to the cross roads there are churches both left and right.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Fran-Maria
Reviewed 16 November 2017

At the end of his sea journeys, Saint Brendan was buried here at one of the many churches he had founded. The later building on the site is famous for the carved heads in the gable above its entryway, each staring from a triangular inset...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank William O
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Suffering from long years of disrepair and have never been developed to its tourism potential this. Visitors may be disappointed unless they have a keen interest . No information or interpretive facilities and only open during summer months. Its more for photographers that for anything...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Dfinnerty
Reviewed 17 September 2017

When I went to Ireland the year before, I couldn't find this church, but this time the owner of the nearby B&B I stayed in gave me great directions. There's signage, but then you come to a crossroads and it disappears. Anyway, it was worth...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank NHjo
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Walk around this Cathedral several times.Many historic carvings,a photographers dream.Even the surrounding courtyard is filled with amazing statues.A little eerie after dark.

Date of experience: October 2016
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

See this fab church before the door crumbles! The best you'll see this side of the Shannon or any other side! Please don't touch it though cos it's just crumbling away . Love if OPW or an Taisce would cover it with glass very soon....More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank Calahond
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We visited this on the Feast day of Our Lady of Clonfert and it was a lovely visit with family who lived near here in the 90's...

Date of experience: August 2016
3  Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

This Romanesque church / cathedral is truly a hidden gem. It is a small, yet powerful example of nearly 850 year old construction for the purpose of worship and reflection. The church holds small treasures as you look closely at carvings and other items. The...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank WKGuy1
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Interesting that this small church is called a cathedral. When we stopped by in March we had the church and grounds to ourselves. The house to the right of the church while you are looking at it has the keys. You enter the church from...More

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank ReenPA
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