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Mayo - 36



Site Number
SMR Mayo 087 04402

National Grid Reference
090590 East
280200 North

Map ( 1:50000)
Ordnance Survey Ireland, Discovery Series No 31

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When Christianity spread to Ireland in the fifth century AD, it confronted a country that was divided into numerous small kingdoms and lacking any urban centres that resembled the Roman model. In the absence of these urban centres from which a bishop could rule dioceses, individual monasteries became power centres reflecting the well-established practices of the landscape around them. The early ecclesiastical sites such as the one at Glaspatrick are looked upon as particularly significant given their association with the new religion brought to Ireland by Saint Patrick. Indeed according to some sources the Charioteer of the saint is buried at this site at Muiresc Aigli, that is the plain between the sea and Mons Aigli, the old name for Croagh Patrick.

For a site to be classified as an early foundation its associated features must include any three of the following: Name of an Irish Saint, Enclosure, Church, Burial ground, Holy well, Penitential stations, Leacht or (reputed) burial place of the founder, early Christian cross slabs, Bullaun stone, Souterrain and upright pillar stone. The features at Glaspatrick include church remains, burial ground and a holy well. There is also local knowledge of a tall engraved pillar stone that stood at the site, which today cannot be found.

Excavation Details

Clewbay Archaeological Trail


Mayo Sites and Artefacts

1. Mayo Abbey
2. Balla
3. Ballintubber Abbey
4. Tóchar Phadraig
5. Aghagower
6. Lankhill
7. Boheh
8. Croagh Patrick Summit
9. Carrownalurgan
10. Ardoley
11. Kiladangan
12. Glaspatrick
13. Shrawee
14. Clare Island - Strake
15. Clare Island - Lecarrow
16. Caher Island
17. Durless

18. Carrowmore
19. Knappaghmanagh
20. Cushalogurt
21. Carrowkeel Ecclesiastical Remains
22. Thornhill
23. Carrowkeel Murrisk
24. Carrowkeel Cahernaran
25. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-1
26. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-2
27. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-3
28. Carrowmacloughlin/ Glencally/ Teevenacroaghy
29. Carrowmacloughlin Sweathouses
30. Glaspatrick Holy Well

31. Glaspatrick Rath-1
32. Glaspatrick Early Ecclesiastical Remains
33. Glaspatrick Ringfort
34. Glaspatrick Rath-2
35. Glaspatrick Ecclesiatical Remains
36. Glaspatrick Altar
38. Glaspatrick Graveyard
39. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-1
40. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-2
41. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-3
42. Teevenacroaghy

Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll

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