The Inchagoill Stone

This is an early Christian sculptured stone on Inchagoill Island on Lough Corrib in County Galway which is reached by boat from Oughterard in County Galway or Cong a village that is on the borders of County Galway and County Mayo. There are two ruined churches on the island, Tempall Phadraig and Tempall na Naoimh, each with Romanesque carvings. St Patrick was believed to have established a church on the island in the fifth century. The inscribed two feet four inch high stone at the front of Tempall Phadraig is thought to date to the beginning of the sixth century and is inscribed with the name of LIA LUGUAEDON MACCI MENUEH (the stone of Luguaedon son of Menueh). It is thought to be the earliest Christian inscriptions in Ireland.

Getting there

Going northwest from the City of Galway/Cathair na Gaillimhe. Take the N59 from Galway/Gaillimh to Oughterard.

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