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St Declan's Cell

on the cliff above Ardmore - what a spectacular spot for a church. I could become a hermit if this was the location!

 

Temple Dysert / St Declan's Church

After St Declan founded a monastery at Ardmore, he established a small hermitage on the eastern side of the hill where he would retire and gather his thoughts. All that remains on the site today are St Declan's Holy Well and this much later 13th century church, parts of which are 14th century. There is no record of any early pilgrimage to this site at Ardmore. .

 

Upon entering the grounds of the Hermitage the pilgrims would make a sign of the cross with water from the holy well. They would then recite the Lords Prayer and a Hail Mary. The pilgrims would then circle the church three times in a clockwise motion while reciting the rosary.

www.megalithicireland.com/St%20Declan's%20Church%20(Temple%20Dysert)%20Ardmore.html

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Taken on September 1, 2012