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Magherakeel Church
 

County

Tyrone

Coordinates

N 54° 39' 54.72"   W 007° 42' 55.2"

Nearest town

Killeter

Grid Ref.

H 18365 79709

Map No.

12

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

121

Date of visit

Monday 18 June 2018

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The ruins of the church and the school seen from the nearby graveyard.


We returned to this site a year later. The weather wasn't nice this time either, but at least it wasn't raining like last time, when we visited the graveyard on the other side of the road.

The date when this church was built is unclear, but it could be a 10th or 11th century building. It is alleged that it was in disuse in early 17th century.
The church was dedicated to St. Caireall, but it's not clear which of the two Cairealls it is dedicated to. One St. Caireall was the founder of the monastery at Inniskeerin in 599, the other one is associated with the monastery on Devenish Island.

This building was a single nave church, 16.90 metres long and 7.60 metres wide, aligned to the east (85°).
What we see today is just the outline of the medieval church, nothing of it remains today, and it is possible that its stones were taken to build the nearby building which was a school. The highest point of the outlined wall is 95 centimetres tall.


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