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Banagher Old Church

Banagher Old Church

Banagher old church stands on a small hill, a short walk from the road. Its well-preserved ruins date from the late 12th century when it was founded by St Muiredach though local tradition has it that it was founded by Patrick himself in the 5 th century. Banagher old church is first mentioned in the annuals of Ulster in 1121 when the king of Ciannacht was killed by his own kinsmen in the cemetery. Though roofless the walls remain and the 13th century chancel has some elegantly carved windows. A large tomb in the graveyard is built in the shape of a church and has the carved figure of an abbot on the gable end. It is called a mortuary house and is one of a number in Ulster. It is said to hold the remains of St Muiredach, whose family name was O'Heney.

 

 

 

 

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