Overview : Cosan na Naomh or The Saints’ Road is an old pilgrimage road which starts here at Traigh Fhionntra in Ventry and finishes in Baile... more »
Cosan na Naomh or The Saints’ Road is an old pilgrimage road which starts here at Traigh Fhionntra in Ventry and finishes in Baile... more » Breac, at the foot of Mount Brandon. It is 18km in length and presents no major challenge even for the casual stroller. You will pass important heritage and ecclesiastical sites on this walk.
Is seanchosan oilithreachta e Cosan na Naomh a thosnaionn ag Traigh Fhionntra agus a chriochnaionn ag bun Chnoc Breanainn i mBaile Breac. Ta se 18km ar fhaid agus e oiriunach do gach einne, fiu an te na siulann go minic. Tiocfaidh tu ar laithreain thabhachtacha oidhreachta agus eaglasta ar an siuloid seo. less «
Start: Tra Fionntra (Ventry Beach) • Finish: An Baile Breac
Distance: c. 18km • Map: No. 70, Discovery Series
Traigh Fionntra is the start of the pilgrimage route, as it doubtless also was a thousand years ago or more. In Old Irish literature, this beach was the scene of a somewhat mythical encounter known as Cath Fionntra (the Battle of Ventry) in which the great hero Fionn Mac Cumhaill overcame the Emperor of all the World except Ireland, Daire Donn.
... MoreIs o Thraigh Fionntra, de reir traidisiuin a ghabhann siar breis is mile bliain, a thugadh lucht oilithreachta aghaidh ar Chnoc Breanainn is ar Chosan na Naomh. Sa tseanlitriocht, is ag an tra seo a tharla an comhrac miotasach, ar a dtugtar Cath Fionntra, inar sharaigh laoch mor na bhFiann in Eirinn, Fionn Mac Cumhaill ‘Impire an Domhain go leir seachas Eire’, Daire Donn.
A monastic site in the middle of a field, which consists of a circular earthen enclosure. (If visiting make sure you close the gate behind you.) Its main feature is a large boulder decorated with an encircled cross-of-arcs and a separate, smaller cross, both half framed by an inscription in the Old Irish Ogham script, requesting a prayer for... More Colmán, the pilgrim.
Lathair mhainistreach o na Luath-Mheanaoiseanna is ea Cill na gColman. Imfhalu cre ciorclach i lar goirt ata ann agus is e an bollan mor a bhfuil dha chros eagsula greanta air, priomhghne na laithreach. Impi ar phaidir do Cholman, oilithreach, ata san inscribhinn Oghaim ata mar leathfhrama ag na crosa. Ni mor geata an ghoirt a dhunadh i do dhiaidh.Less
On the west side of the road a ruined 15th-century tower house sits within a ring fort of the early medieval period (probably dating from the 7th-10th centuries A.D.) The ringfort would have been the home of a strong farmer of that period. The castle was built by the branch of the Fitzgerald Family known as the Knights of Kerry, who re-used and... More probably re-fortified the ringfort, which is in a strategic position overlooking Ventry Harbour and also guards the pass to the north. The castle was destroyed during the Cromwellian Wars in the middle of the 17th century. The castle is on private property.
Dun agus Caisleán Rathanain
Togadh Caislean Rathanain, turtheach on 15u aois, i seanarath o aimsir na luath-Mheanaoiseanna. Tathar den tuairim gur sa rath seo a mhaireadh feirmeoiri mora an cheantair roimh theacht na Normanach.
Ridiri Chiarrai, ar Ghearaltaigh iad, a thog an caislean ar an lathair seo os cionn Chuan Fionntra. Tá ana-radharc uaidh agus duine ag gabhail o thuaidh tri Mham na Gaoithe. Deineadh an caislean a scrios le linn aimsir Chromail sa 17u céad. Ta an caislean seo ar thalamh priobhaideach.Less
This is a small ecclesiastical enclosure on private land, containing the ruins of an oratory and a slightly larger church. In addition to some equally ruined beehive huts, it also contains two impressive standing crossinscribed pillars which may be no earlier than the ninth century.
Imfhalu beag eaglasta ar thalamh priobhaideach ata i dTeampall... More na gCluanach. Tá fothracha saipeilin agus seana-eaglaise ann agus chomh maith leosan ta fothraigh clochan ann agus dha philear chrosinscriofa a d’fheadfadh a bheith ann ó threimhse nach luaithe i na an naou aois.Less
This iconic building is the only one of its kind surviving intact on the Irish mainland. It was the church of a monastery, other elements of which are still visible on the site. It may date from the 10th or 11th century AD, or even earlier.
Ta Gallaras ar an gceann is foirfe agus is iomlaine des na cealla Críostaí go leir a... More bhfuil a n-iarsmaí le fail in Eirinn inniu. Meastar gur togadh e uair eicint idir an 10u agus an 11u céad, no nios luaithe. Nil a mhacasamhail de thogail ata chomh healaionta le feiscint i gcas aon chille eile. Ta an saipeal fein tógtha laistigh d’fhothrach seanamhainistreach.Less
This recently restored 15th-century tower house was built by members of the Fitzgerald family, who were important chieftains in this area at that time. It was damaged during the Cromwellian Wars in the middle of the 17th century.
Turtheach on 15u cead atá sa chaisleán agus sliocht Gearaltach a bhí ina gconai ann. Deineadh... More diobhail don gcaislean le linn aimsir Chromail sa 17u cead. Deineadh athchoiriu air le blianta beaga anuas.Less
This National Monument, which consists of a roughly circular enclosure wall within which are 5 clochain or circular rooms, was probably built sometime in the 8th or 9th century AD, and would have been the home of a fairly strong farmer and his family. The original entrance is no longer extant, and one enters today over a style. There is a blocked ... Moresouterrain (underground passage) in one of the rooms.
Meastar gur togadh an Seadchomhartha Naisiunta seo am eigin idir an 8u agus 9u haois. Falla cloch ata geall le bheith ciorclach agus cuig chlochan no seomrai ciorclacha laistigh de e. Ionad conaithe ag feirmeoir laidir ba ea e. Nil rian den tsli isteach ann a thuilleadh agus is isteach geata a theann tu faoi
lathair. Ta uaimh i gceann de na clochain agus i dunta isteach.Less
This reputedly was the house of successive Chancellors of the Diocese of Ardfert. It is a long, rectangular ruined building divided into two rooms, and with an oven opening off one of them. It probably dates from the later medieval period.
Fothrach an tSainsileara
Meastar gurb e seo tigh Sheansaileiri leanunacha Dheoise Ard Fhearta. Fothrach... More foirgnimh fhada dhronuilleogaigh ata roinnte ina dha sheomra is ea e, agus oscailt d’oigheann amach i gceann acu.Less
This is by far the most important ecclesiastical site on the Dingle Peninsula. The church is dedicated to St Maolceadair who died in 616. The twelfth-century nave-and-chancel church is built in the Romanesque style. Near the chancel arch is a cross-decorated stone with the old Irish alphabet carved on one side, dating from the latter part of the... More 6th century. An Ogham stone, a sundial and other artefacts are also to be found on the site. A few hundred yards from the site is a holy well and an unusual dwelling known as Fothrach Bréanainn (St Brendan’s or the Priest’s House), which perhaps dates from the 16th or 17th century. (This property is not currently accessible.) Another holy well lies in the field across the road from the site.
Seo i an lathair eaglasta is tabhachtai i gCorca Dhuibhne. Ta si tiomnaithe do Naomh Maolcheadair a cailleadh sa bhliain 616. Ta eaglais sa stil Romhanuil lena corp agus lena saingeal, on 12u aois, istigh ina lar. Ina lui in aghaidh airse sa tsaingeal, ta cloch chrosmhaisithe on 6u cead agus aibitir Seana-Ghaeilge greanta ar thaobh amhain di. Fuaireadh cloch Oghaim, clog greine agus iarsmai eile sa lathair chomh maith. Ta tobar beannaithe agus tigh conaithe neamhghnach cupla cead slat on lathair a dtugtar Fothrach Breanainn air, agus a togadh sa seu no sa tseachtu aois.Less
The early ecclesiastical site of Corr Aille must have functioned in connection with the pilgrimage to Cnoc Bréanainn, although its path passes around the opposite side to the site’s original entrance. Here, a stone wall or cashel encloses a beehive hut, a leacht (ancient stone platform), a broken cross-inscribed stone and a number of grave-markers... More that possibly commemorate unbaptised children. Outside the wall there are two further ruined beehive huts, one with an underground passage known as a souterrain.
Caithfidh go raibh baint ag lathair eaglasta Chorr Aille leis an oilithreacht chuig Cnoc Breanainn, ce go ngabhann an cosan ar an dtaobh thall den lathair seachas thairis an bealach isteach. Ta imfhalu no caiseal sa
lathair a bhfuil clochan ann chomh maith le leacht arsa, cloch chrosmhaisithe bhriste agus cupla leac uaighe a d’fheadfadh ceallunach no ionad adhlactha do leanai gan bhaisteadh a bheith thios futhu. Lasmuigh den mballa ta dha fhothrach clochan eile agus pasaiste faoi thalamh fe cheann acu.Less
Cnoc Breanainn / Mount Brandon
Mount Brandon, the second highest mountain in Ireland at over 950m, dominates the area. This mountain has been a focus of pilgrimage since medieval times, and probably earlier. Cosan na Naomh (The Saints’ Road) is a pilgrim route through the peninsula finishing eventually on the top of the mountain, which is named... More after St Brendan. An annual pilgrimage is still made to the summit of Mount Brandon on the last Sunday of June.
Sineann Cnoc Breanainn, an dara sliabh is airde in Eirinn, breis is 950 meadar os cionn na farraige. Ta lucht oilithreachta ag triall ar bharra Chnoc Breanainn leis na cianta cairbreacha. Ghabhaidis siar o thuaidh o Chuan Fionntra ar Chosan na Naomh go barra an chnoic le hAifreann a chlos ar an nDomhnach deiridh de mhí an Mheithimh gach bliain.Less