Ardfert Cathedral

Map Reference: Q785212 (0785, 1212)

St Brendan the Navigator was born in the vicinity of Ardfert and may be the reason why so many churches have been built in such a small area. Ardfert Cathedral goes back to the 12th century although most of the existing building dates from the middle of the 13th century. The cathedral is a long rectangular building with a south transept and a south aisle. It has been fortified and there are good crenellations.

It has three lancet windows in the east wall and nine lancet windows in the south wall.

There are some smaller windows in the north wall. There are traces of a sedilia in the south wall and an ambry in the north wall.

On the east wall flanking the windows are two effigy slabs of clerics.

Outside is an Ogham stone with a poor inscription. In the west wall is a much-weathered Romanesque doorway flanked on the outside by a blind arcade.


For details of other Decorated Romanesque Doorways & Arches click on the links below

Kilmore Cathedral, Co Cavan Dysert O’Dea, Co Clare Killaloe Cathedral, Co Clare White Island, Co Fermanagh Annaghdown Cathedral, Co Galway Clonfert, Co Galway Tuam Cathedral, Co Galway Aghadoe, Co Kerry Kilmalkedar, Co Kerry Castledermott, Co Kildare Kildare Cathedral, Co Kildare Freshford, Co Kilkenny Ullard, Co Kilkenny Killeshin, Co Laois Timahoe, Co Laois The Nun's Church, Clonmacnois, Co Offaly Rahan, Co Offaly Cashel, Co Tipperary Donaghmore, Co Tipperary Kilcash, Co Tipperary Monaincha, Co Tipperary Roscrea, Co Tipperary St Saviour’s Priory, Glendalough, Co Wicklow

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