List of Sites
Church on Caher Island (Photo: Christiaan Corlett)
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)
The island is accessed via boat from Inishturk.
Carved Cross on Caher Island (Photo: Christiaan Corlett)
- Corlett, C. 2001 Antiquities of West Mayo, Wordwell, Wicklow, p.41
- Henry, F. 1947 The Antiquities of Caher Island, Journal of the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, pp 37-38
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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