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Caher Island

Site/Artefact
Caher Island

Type
Monastic Site

Site Number
SMR Mayo 94 006

National Grid Reference
066270 East
275630 North

Map ( 1:50000)
Ordnance Survey Ireland, Discovery Series 37

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Church on Caher Island (Photo: Christiaan Corlett)


Cursing Stone on Caher Island (Photo: Christiaan Corlett)

Description
Caher Island has an Early Christian monastery with the remains of a chapel in an enclosure and a number of carved slabs. The Island seems to have contained the hermitage sites of seventh century monks, perhaps followers of St Colmán whose presence is remembered on the neighbouring island of Inishbofin (Corlett, 2001). One of the slabs is a thick rectangular block of sandstone only 17 inches (42.5cm) high. It is decorated with a very plain Latin cross in a frame and recalls the small cross-inscribed stones which stood at the heads of graves of Lindisfarne and Hartlepool (Henry, 1947)

Excavation Details
Not Available

Access/Ownership
The island is accessed via boat from Inishturk.


Carved Cross on Caher Island (Photo: Christiaan Corlett)

References

Check out the following sections of the website for related information:

Mayo Sites and Artefacts

1. Mayo Abbey
2. Balla
3. Ballintubber Abbey
4. Tóchar Phadraig
5. Aghagower
6. Lankhill
7. Boheh
8. Croagh Patrick Summit
9. Carrownalurgan
10. Ardoley
11. Kiladangan
12. Glaspatrick
13. Shrawee
14. Clare Island - Strake
15. Clare Island - Lecarrow
16. Caher Island
17. Durless

18. Carrowmore
19. Knappaghmanagh
20. Cushalogurt
21. Carrowkeel Ecclesiastical Remains
22. Thornhill
23. Carrowkeel Murrisk
24. Carrowkeel Cahernaran
25. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-1
26. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-2
27. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-3
28. Carrowmacloughlin/ Glencally/ Teevenacroaghy
29. Carrowmacloughlin Sweathouses
30. Glaspatrick Holy Well

31. Glaspatrick Rath-1
32. Glaspatrick Early Ecclesiastical Remains
33. Glaspatrick Ringfort
34. Glaspatrick Rath-2
35. Glaspatrick Ecclesiatical Remains
36. Glaspatrick Altar
38. Glaspatrick Graveyard
39. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-1
40. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-2
41. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-3
42. Teevenacroaghy

 

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