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St. Eunan's Church
 

County

Donegal

Coordinates

N 54° 52' 25.7"   W 007° 35' 52.9"

Nearest town

Raphoe

Grid Ref.

C 25855 02975

Map No.

6

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

75

Date of visit

Tuesday 26 May 2009

GPS Accuracy (m)

8
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Some wall fragments in the churchyard.


In Raphoe, in the yard of St. Eunan's cathedral there are some remains of an early monastery associated with Adomnan (627-704). Adomnan was a successor of Colmcille as an abbot on the island of Iona, and according to the tradition after his death he was buried in Raphoe, where this cathedral is.
The monastery was established as a Diocesan see in the 12th century. The building was restored, rebuilt and altered many times during its life.
Only few fragments of the early monastery can be found here, the best ones are a triple sedilia and a piscina bowl dated from the 13th century. Some other later fragments are built within the cathedral walls.

UPDATE: June 4th, 2011 - We stopped at this church for a new visit and for some new photographs. The first three photos in this pages are from the 2009 visit.


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