Gallarus Oratory is the most perfect example of the boat shaped oratories associated with the Dingle peninsula. The Walls are built of sandstone are 1.2 metres thick and the East wall has a round headed window. Internally the oratory measures 4.65 metres x 3.1 metres. At the side of the Northern wall is a leact and Cross-Slab. The cross-slab stab is 1.1 metres high x 0.3 mertres thick and stands at the east end of a rectangular bed of stones.
|From Ray a UK visitor to our site "A word of advice for people visiting Gallarus Oratory. As you turn off the R559, you will see a sign pointing left up a driveway. Unless you want to pay to see a video and cross a private field ignore it. Continue up the lane for a couple of hundred yards where you will find a small car park and a public right of way to the oratory. Seems like its a local way of fleecing unwary tourists! "|
The upper part of the slab is inscribed with an equal armed cross within a circle and the lower part bears an insription in half uncial script reading,
COLUM MAC DINET
Situated: From Ballyferriter take the R559 east for about 3 kilometres you will then see a sign on your left for Gallarus Oratory.
Discovery Map 70: Q3929 0491. Last visit July 2011.
Longitude: 10° 20' 58" W
Latitude: 52° 10' 22" N
Photos: Jim Dempsey