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Garrybreeda Church
 

County

Galway

Coordinates

N 53° 12' 03.3"   W 008° 33' 36.24"

Nearest town

Loughrea

Grid Ref.

M 62581 16866

Map No.

52

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

96

Date of visit

Monday 22 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The church seen from the west. The walls are 85 centimetres thick.


The area this ruinous church stands on was probably the site of an early Christian monastery of 6th century.
The church is in bad conditions. The east gable is still standing to its full height, the south and north walls are a bit lower than their original measure, the west end is missing. There's a pointed arch doorway in the south wall and a rectangular lintelled window in the east (80°) wall. They were inserted into these walls at the end of the 15th or the beginning of the 16th century. Next to the doorway, on the ground, there's a stone block with a carved head, but it's very worn out. The walls are 85 centimetres thick.
This church was an important centre of worship and in the past it housed the Shrine of St. Brigid's Shoe, a bronze slipper that would have contained the original leather slipper worn by the famous saint. This shrine is now preserved in the National Museum in Dublin.
The name of the church comes from the Irish "Garrai Bride" which means the "Field of Brigid".


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