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Kilmacduagh Cathedral

(53°2′51″N, 8°53′43″W)
Kilmacduagh Cathedral
M 40 00
pre-1974 traditional (Republic of Ireland) Galway
now Galway
medieval none recorded
  • Tessa Garton
1989, 1995, 15 June 2003

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Feature Sets

Nave and chancel with transepts added later. W gable has blocked trabeate doorway with inclined jambs. Plain round-headed window in S wall of nave, splayed, with chamfered label.


Monastery founded in the 7thc by St Colman mac Duagh. The see is listed as a suffragen of Tuam on Cardinal Paparo’s list, and bishops of Kilmacduagh are recorded in the late 12th and 13thc.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The earliest part of the church is the W wall and doorway; the nave and chancel arch probably date from the later 12thc or c.1200. There is no Romanesque sculpture.

In the N transept is an engraved stone with a human face with large ears and pigtails, probably of later medieval date.


Fahey, J., 'Kilmacduagh and its ecclesiastical monuments', Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 34, 1904, 220-33.