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St. Declan's Church
 

County

Waterford

Coordinates

N 51° 56' 53.0"   W 007° 42' 45.5"

Nearest town

Ardmore

Grid Ref.

X 19808 77305

Map No.

82

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

20

Date of visit

Wednesday 19 June 2013

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The church of St. Declan from the west. In the foreground there's the house of St. Declan's holy well. The path to the south of the church is part of the Cliff Walk of Ardmore.


St. Declan arrived to Ireland from Wales some time between 350 and 400 and founded a monastery on the height of the place that is now known as Ardmore.
On the eastern end of the hill he used to retire to pray and contemplate. At this place he built a little cell where he could rest.
Some centuries later a small church was built on the same site. Only some poor remains of this church can be seen today. The most intact part of this building is the east (100°) gable topped by a ringed stone cross. In the same wall there are two recesses where people leave offerings during their visits of prayer.
Some of the stones of the walls have scratches of crosses that people mark during the pattern on the feast day.
Part of the south wall is also visible. The north wall is completely gone.
At the west end of the church is the St. Declan's holy well.
The views from here are breathtaking and the sense of peace is immense. This church is along the Cliff Walk at Ardmore.


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