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Perhaps not the easiest place to find and a detour off any given route between main spots the... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2018
Tony2Phones
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Western Ireland, Ireland
Small Peaceful Cathedral for a St Brendan's Burial Site

Interesting that this small church is called a cathedral. When we stopped by in March we had the... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2016
ReenPA
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Clonfert, Ballinasloe, Ireland
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 20 May 2015

Clonfert Cathedral Co. Galway. In the heart of Ireland, a short distance off the beaten path (see map) there is a small village called Clonfert. Here is a mighty cathedral which was founded by St. Brendan, often known as St. Brendan the Navigator, in 557...More

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Reviewed 3 February 2017

We visited this on the Feast day of Our Lady of Clonfert and it was a lovely visit with family who lived near here in the 90's...

3  Thank Sarah C
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Reviewed 16 July 2018

Perhaps not the easiest place to find and a detour off any given route between main spots the cathedral is worth looking for. Clearly Church of Ireland the main point of note and claim to fame is the Romanesque Arched doorway. There is a lot...More

Thank Tony2Phones
Reviewed 2 June 2018

It's not often you feel different when visiting places but this is one of those. I have been here on three occasions and enjoyed each and every one of them. when you come to the cross roads there are churches both left and right.

Thank Fran-Maria
Reviewed 17 November 2017

At the end of his sea journeys, Saint Brendan was buried here at one of the many churches he had founded. The later building on the site is famous for the carved heads in the gable above its entryway, each staring from a triangular inset...More

Thank William O
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Suffering from long years of disrepair and have never been developed to its tourism potential this. Visitors may be disappointed unless they have a keen interest . No information or interpretive facilities and only open during summer months. Its more for photographers that for anything...More

1  Thank Dfinnerty
Reviewed 18 September 2017

When I went to Ireland the year before, I couldn't find this church, but this time the owner of the nearby B&B I stayed in gave me great directions. There's signage, but then you come to a crossroads and it disappears. Anyway, it was worth...More

1  Thank NHjo
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Walk around this Cathedral several times.Many historic carvings,a photographers dream.Even the surrounding courtyard is filled with amazing statues.A little eerie after dark.

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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

See this fab church before the door crumbles! The best you'll see this side of the Shannon or any other side! Please don't touch it though cos it's just crumbling away . Love if OPW or an Taisce would cover it with glass very soon....More

1  Thank Calahond
Reviewed 3 February 2017

We visited this on the Feast day of Our Lady of Clonfert and it was a lovely visit with family who lived near here in the 90's...

3  Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

This Romanesque church / cathedral is truly a hidden gem. It is a small, yet powerful example of nearly 850 year old construction for the purpose of worship and reflection. The church holds small treasures as you look closely at carvings and other items. The...More

1  Thank WKGuy1
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Interesting that this small church is called a cathedral. When we stopped by in March we had the church and grounds to ourselves. The house to the right of the church while you are looking at it has the keys. You enter the church from...More

1  Thank ReenPA
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