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Malin Church
 

County

Donegal

Coordinates

N 55° 22' 05.4"   W 007° 19' 03.6"

Nearest town

Carndonagh

Grid Ref.

C 43257 58126

Map No.

3

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

17

Date of visit

Monday 29 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The east wall of the ruined church.


What brough us here was the fact that the OS map showed a red dot, and it was the northenmost red dot on the Ireland map. There are no other known pre-historic or medieval sites further north from here. At first it was just a game or a challenge, but it turned out to be a rewarding trip.
There are the ruins of a 16th century church and a cave which are now a place for pilgrimage on August 15th. The cave is known with the name of Wee House of Malin. Nearby the cave is a small shrine to Our Lady.
The ruins of the church have three walls, north, east and south. The building is aligned to the east (100°), and is about 13 metres long and 7 metres wide. The east gable is leaning outwards and probably it will collapse in the near future.
The doorway has a lintel on the inside but the external side looks more like a breach in the wall than a doorway.
The church is in a field, a few steps from the gravel strand. At a short distance from the shore there are wonderful rock formations and stacks. The grass quickly yields to the stones, some cows graze on the last grass before the sea. Peace and silent were the only companions during our long visit.
Didn't I tell you that this was a rewarding trip?


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