A small, gabled, single-cell church (l. 12.19 m x w. 4.87 m), now in ruins, located in an isolated position at the tip of the Mullet Peninsular. The church has a narrow ashlar-lined, deeply-splayed E window with an arcuated lintel, and a small, narrow W doorway with inclined jambs and arcuated lintel. Eroded carving is found on the arcuated lintel and on the jambstone supporting the arch. The fabric of the church is comprised of irregular stones interspersed with large ashlar blocks.
Gwynne and Hadcock record that a church on this site in the 6thc. was probably built by St Dairbhile.
Of one order with plain inclined jambs composed of large blocks. A large irregular block of stone forms the arcuated lintel. The arch is defined by two rolls. Within the rolls is a convex band of weathered interlace. A further band of weathered ornament lies below. Above this, and slightly R (S) of the centre is a crude equal armed cross, flanked by geometric ornament. The springer supporting the arch on the R (S) is carved on the reveal with interlace.
|h. of opening||4'10|
|w. of opening at base||2'4"|
|w. of opening at springing||2'4"|
Two rolls define the curve of the arch. These may have contained a band of ornament between them, but there is not enough evidence to say for certain.
The dimensions are taken from Petrie.
M. Killanin M. and Duignan, The Shell Guide to Ireland, London, 1962, 2nd ed. 1967, 118.
A. Gwynn and R. N Hadcock, Medieval Religious Houses in Ireland, 1970, London, 403.
P. Harbison, Guide to the National and Historical Monuments of Ireland, Dublin, 1992, 247.
H. G. Leask, Irish Churches and Monastic Buildings, 1955, Volume I, 158.
G. Petrie, The Ecclesiastical Architecture of Ireland, anterior to the Anglo-Norman invasion, comprising an Essay on the origin and uses of the Round Towers of Ireland, Dublin, 1845, 320-322.
P. Harbison, 'A crucifixion plaque in stone', Archaeology Ireland, Vol. 9 no. 2, 1995, 11-12.