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Churches, Abbeys and Monasteries

Churches, Abbeys and Monasteries

Clonfert Cathedral

The small village of Clonfert, only a short distance west of the River Shannon in County Galway, is home to a beautiful cathedral that boasts an elaborate, Romanesque-style doorway dating from 1200.

The ecclesiastical history of the place dates back to the 6th century, when St Brendan the Navigator founded a monastery here. When he died, about 584, St Brendan's body was buried at Clonfert and the presence of his remains explains why such an ornate doorway was later created.

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