List of Sites
When Christianity spread to Ireland in the fifth century AD, it confronted a country that was divided into numerous small kingdoms and lacking any urban centres that resembled the Roman model. In the absence of these urban centres from which a bishop could rule dioceses, individual monasteries became power centres reflecting the well-established practices of the landscape around them. The early ecclesiastical sites such as the one at Glaspatrick are looked upon as particularly significant given their association with the new religion brought to Ireland by Saint Patrick. Indeed according to some sources the Charioteer of the saint is buried at this site at Muiresc Aigli, that is the plain between the sea and Mons Aigli, the old name for Croagh Patrick.
For a site to be classified as an early foundation its associated features must include any three of the following: Name of an Irish Saint, Enclosure, Church, Burial ground, Holy well, Penitential stations, Leacht or (reputed) burial place of the founder, early Christian cross slabs, Bullaun stone, Souterrain and upright pillar stone. The features at Glaspatrick include church remains, burial ground and a holy well. There is also local knowledge of a tall engraved pillar stone that stood at the site, which today cannot be found.
Clew Bay Archaeological Trail
- Hughes, H. 1991, Croagh Patrick, An Ancient Mountain Pilgrimage, Westport.
- Morahan, L. 2001, Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo, archaeology, landscape and people, Westport
Check out the following sections of the website for related information:
Mayo Sites and Artefacts
1. Mayo Abbey
Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll
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