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Aughagower Monastic Site

  • Address
    Aghagower, Co. Mayo, Ireland
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Always open
  • What to see
    Ruins, round tower


The monastic site of Aughagower reveals a rich history and significance on the route of St. Patrick, the Tochar Phadraig. Founded in the Middle Ages, this monastery testifies to the deep connection between the Christian faith and ancestral Celtic traditions. The strategic location near Tochar Phadraig reflects the intersection of ancient pilgrimage routes and Christianity, cementing its spiritual importance.

The site is notable for its medieval ruins, including a medieval church and a 10th century Irish round tower. This tower, built between 973 and 1013, represents the flourishing of round towers during a period of threatened Danish invasions and looting. It functioned as a defensive point and refuge for church treasures. A legend associated with the tower tells that its top stone was struck by lightning and fell on Tavenish Hill, then carried back by a local woman and placed in the church, where it remains as a tangible testament to the history and spirituality of the region.

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