Turlough Church & Round Tower

Turlough Church and Roundtower

Ruined churches like this appear all across Ireland. This one in Turlough, County Mayo, is located very close to the Museum of Country Life.

It is believed that St. Patrick founded the church and monastery here and used the nearby holy well for baptisms. Not much is known about the monastery, but in 1351 the Pope settled a dispute over jurisdiction by placing it under the Archbishop of Tuam rather than the Archbishop of Armagh.

The Round Tower is especially squat and was built between 900 and 1200. Built into the 18th century church is an older window and Crucifixion plaque dated 1625.


Author: Corey

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  1. Beautiful photos, Corey. Can’t wait to see this. Have many friends in Castlebar too. Surprised they never mentioned it. Thanks.

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  2. Approximately 180 degrees BEHIND where this photo was taken (and across the road) is a steep hill — atop which, is a Ring Fort. Not too far North, is the Michael Davitt Museum, Burial site and Memorial. We visited all three on a dreary June day, in 2008, whilst based in Westport.

    Our tour of the Museum of Country Life (guided by a girl from Boston!) consisted of my wife and I and a couple from Galway who were VERY informative about how some of the display items were used …

    WELL worth a visit.

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  3. Ooops! — Got my perspective wrong!!!
    (Insert sheepish grin ..)

    The Ring Fort would be BEYOND the Round Tower, from that angle of view …

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  4. Thanks for sharing. The thing I love about Ireland is that, you can’t swing a cat (metaphorically speaking) without ‘hitting’ something fascinating. I do feel the sadness of the abandoned/destroyed ruins, but, to someone from the flat, ‘new’ midwest, it’s all almost too much to take in, or contemplate…

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