The Emerald Isle


Kilmalkedar Monastery was founded in the seventh century and located on the Dingle Peninsula in Country Kerry and spread out over ten acres and include structures from the early Christian Era in Ireland as well as some pagan elements and is said to have been founded by Saint Maolcethair, son of the King of Ulster, who died at this site in 636.

The Norman Church on the site was built in a Romanesque style during the 12th Century and expanded with the addition of the chancel later.


The sundial pictured below left, as well as other pre-Christian relics, remain at the site of Kilmalkedar Church. The alphabet stone(below right), now erected inside the church next to the chancel arch, stands 1.2 meters high but was originally much taller as the top has been broken. The south face is inscribed with a Latin cross and the west face inscribed with the Latin alphabet.

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