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A single cell church, very overgrown. The E wall is missing. There is a round-headed doorway in the N wall. A 13thc. window in the E end of the S wall has a continuous roll but is otherwise plain. The interior is filled with graves, and a barrel-vaulted mausoleum has been built beneath the S window.


The Tripartite Life of St Patrick records that the Church was founded by St Patrick for Bishop Maneus (Maine) and Gentene, and Gwynn and Hadcock list Aghanagh in an appendix of early sites. Petrie, quoting the Tripartite Life of St Patrick notes that the foundation is also recorded in the 'annotations of Tirechan' in the Book of Armagh.


Exterior Features


N wall, W end

Round-headed, of two orders. The first order has a continuous roll on the exterior and is chamfered on the interior; the second order is chamfered.


Petrie records, incorrectly, that there is a continuous roll on each order of the doorway. He gives the dimensions as follows: outer h. 2.36 m x w. 1.47 m, inner h. 2.13 m x w. 1.02 m. Petrie has an illustration of the doorway (1845, 180). NW of the site is Maine's Well (Tobar Mhaine).


  • M. Killanin and M. Duignan, The Shell Guide to Ireland. London 1962, 2nd ed. 1967, 81.

  • W. Stokes (ed.), Tripartite Life of St Patrick. London 1887, 144.

  • A. Gwynn and R.N. Hadcock, Medieval Religious Houses in Ireland. London 1970, 372.

  • 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, 179-80.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
G 78 10 
now: Sligo
pre-1994 traditional (Republic of Ireland): Sligo
Type of building/monument
Church (ruin)  
Report authors
Hazel Gardiner