Ardfert Cathedral - Ardfert, County Kerry

A monastic site located in Ardfert in County Kerry

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A monastery was founded here by St. Brendan 'The Navigator' in the 6th century prior to embarking on his legendary voyage for the Island of Paradise. There are three medieval churches, an ogham stone and a number of early Christian and medieval grave slabs on the site today.

The earliest building is the cathedral which dates from the 12th to 17th centuries. It has a fine Romanesque west doorway, a magnificent 13th century east window and a spectacular row of nine lancets in the south wall. Two effigies of ecclesiastical figures of late 13th to early 14th century date are mounted on either side of the east window. The battlements were added in the 15th century. The pre-12th century block of masonry is clearly visible in the north wall.

One of the two smaller churches is a fine example of late Romanesque and the other is a plain 15th century structure with an interesting carving of a wyvern on one of the windows.

Directions to Ardfert Cathedral

10km from Tralee on the R551 (Tralee to Ballyheigue Road). It is located in Ardfert Village

Sat Nav: 52.328681,-9.781875

Please Note: Picture is courtesy of photographic unit of the department of environment, heritage and local government.

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