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Toomour Abbey Church
 

County

Sligo

Coordinates

N 54° 02' 22.5"   W 008° 25' 54.7"

Nearest town

Ballymote

Grid Ref.

G 71756 10126

Map No.

25

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

93

Date of visit

Thursday 5 June 2014

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The ruins of the church seen from roughly the south with Kesh Corran in the background.


This small church in ruins was part of an abbey here. What remains here are the east gable and parts of the north and south walls. The east gable is aligned to east-southeast (105°).
The building, which was altered several times in the centuries, is totally overgrown with thick vegetation.
This site has a long history. It is said that at this site in the 6th century Bishop Lughaidh consecrated St. Kevin, patron Saint of the parish.
This ancient Christian site was also chosen as the burial place of the kings and chieftains who fell in the battle of Ceis Corrainn in 971, and it seems that it's the second largest royal cemetery in Europe.
Toomour Leacht is about 25 metres to the west.
This is one of the few places in Ireland where the old Celtic festival of Lughnasa is still celebrated.
At the moment of our visits there were two ponies with a coat that looked like wool.


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