Teampall Beag

Medieval ruins In the townland of The Dark Meadow

Anthony Previte

West view of church showing west door and access to Ballyquirke Lake
Photo Credit Anthony Previte
Aerial view from east showing enclosure
Photo Credit Anthony Previte
North west view
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Remains of chancel arch showing the three orders
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Teampall Beag

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early medieval ruin

In the townland of Clooniff (Cluain Duibh – The Dark Meadow) and on level ground and within a small enclosure ca.100m east of Ballyquirke Lough stands the much ruined early Medieval nave and chancel church, Teampall Beag, (E-W; 10.7m L x 5m W) with a trabeate doorway in the west gable. Portions survive of a plain chancel arch of three orders.

angels at rest

A bullaun lies 5m to the north west and there is a children’s burial ground immediately to the south and east within the present enclosure.

The small enclosure contains quite a number of burials, but as seen from the photograph, the area is now heavily overgrown. In the not too distant past some attempts have obviously been made to preserve the walls of this oratory which is to be commended.

Source:

A Guide to Lough Corrib’s Early Monastic Sites by Anthony Previte

 

This page was added on 05/02/2016.

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