Churches of Ireland

Posted by Tourireland Tourireland on the 3rd of July 2014 at 09:32:04

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When touring Ireland, it seems that with every twist and turn of the road another church is revealed. Some churches are nothing more than crumbling shells, others small, compact, simple structures, or larger, grander affairs, ornately decorated and dominating their surroundings. Some are in beautiful locations, others almost lost amongst a cityscape, but all are special with their own unique history and story to share.

And so, I have listed 5 of my favourite churches I think you should include in your tour of Ireland!

St. Finbarr’s Oratory, County Cork – This tiny church is located on a small island on Gougane Barra Lake. It stands on the old monastic site of St. Finbarr which dates to the 6th century. The church is so pretty and picturesque and is understandably one of Ireland’s most popular wedding venues. In a magnificent location, this small church is stunningly beautiful and I cannot truly explain how gorgeous it is truly is in just a few lines! All I can say is go and see for yourself!

St. Kevin’s Church, Glendalough, County Wicklow – Glendalough was my Dad’s special place and a visit here always brings back memories of our times spent walking around this old monastic site. Founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century, this whole site has a stillness and serenity about it that I haven’t felt anywhere else. The church - sometimes referred to as St. Kevins’ Kitchen, is thought to date to the 12th century although, like most places in Ireland, it stood on a much earlier structure. Picturesque, perfect and pretty – one of my favourite churches in Ireland.

Gallarus Oratory, (near) Dingle, County Kerry – Set amidst the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula, this petite church resembles an upturned boat. Dating to between the 7th and 8th centuries, it has survived the onslaught of the Atlantic winds and has remained in pretty much the same condition since it was first built – despite the fact that no mortar was used. Stepping inside, you are transported back to early Christian Ireland as you stand on the same hallowed grounds that the local farmers of the era once stood on. A real glimpse into the Ireland of yesteryear and a must see on the Dingle Peninsula.

Ballintoy Church, County Antrim – Thought to be one of the most photographed churches in Northern Ireland, the church is located along the gorgeous north Antrim coast, proudly standing on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside, just minutes outside of the pretty fishing village of Ballintoy. A great photo opportunity along the many delights of the Antrim coast, be sure and stop here and take a shot of this lovely church, with Rathlin Island shimmering on the horizon.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Whitefriars Street, Dublin – The church was built in 1827, on the ruins of an old 16th century Carmelite monastery and is situated right in the heart of Dublin City. It is one of the largest churches in the city, although from the outside you would never guess. However, the thing that makes this church really special is the fact that the bones of St. Valentine are interred here. They were given as a gift by Pope Gregory XVI, having previously being buried in Rome. So pay homage to the saint of love when in Dublin!


So, if you are of touring Ireland and would like to include some of these gorgeous churches into your itinerary, get a quote today from our dedicated team!

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