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“Interesting Norman church ruins and cemetery on drive around Dingle Peninsula”
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Kilmalkedar Church
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Private Tour of Dingle Peninsula from Killarney
Ranked #8 of 74 things to do in Dingle
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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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“Interesting Norman church ruins and cemetery on drive around Dingle Peninsula”
Reviewed 29 October 2008

This is one of the many interesting stops along the way if touring the Dingle Peninsula (if driving clockwise it is one of the last stops before heading back to Dingle). The church is an interesting historic Norman ruin (the Irish seem to love their ruins) and the cemetery has many, old gravestones and crosses. There is an ancient ogham, with a hole near the top (supposedly you can renew your marriage vows by touching your thumbs through the hole).

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“Well Worth the Visit”
Reviewed 27 September 2008

This church and surrounding graveyard is well worth the visit. A lot of the stones are engraved in gaelic which seems so appropriate in the setting.
There is so much history in such a small, peaceful place. The radial cross, the sun dial, the ogham stone, the view looking out over the cemetery and beyond...I could go on and on.
The afternoon I visited the sun appeared just as I arrived at the church. The small busload of tourists left shortly after I arrived, so I had the place to myself for a while. The peaceful beauty was very restful. I definitely recommend this as a stopping place.

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“Church Ruin with Several Interesting Features”
Reviewed 27 June 2008

This 12th century Romanesque church lies beyond Dingle town off the R559, and is not far from Gallarus Oratory. It is well worth visiting both sites if you are in the area.

There is parking for a few cars alongside the church grounds. Note the two-storey building known as St Brendan's House at the top left-hand side of the lane. It is believed that this was probably the priest's house.

The church lies in a ruined state, and has several interesting features inside and within the grounds:

Inside the church, which has a very fine Romanesque doorway, you will find a slender pillar with the alphabet inscribed on one side and an ornate cross on another.

Outside in the grounds are an ogham stone, sundial and large cross.

The ogham stone has the following inscription:
ANM MAILE-INBIR MACI BROCANN, which translates: The Name of Mael Inbir Son of Brocan

Take time to look around and admire the fine carvings on the arches, including a man's head, and flowers, and the antae (the "wing-like" features at the top of each gable end).

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