Cross-inscribed pillar

On Inchagoill Island, Lough Corrib, Co Galway, stands the ruin of a small church named Templepatrick. It is believed the church was built by St Patrick and his nephew Lugnad. Facing the front of the church is a memorial stone, shaped like a rudder. It bears the inscription, "Lie Luguaedon macci Menueh" (Stone of Luguaedon son of Menueh). This is the oldest inscription in Ireland written in Roman letters. This is said to mark the burial place of St Patricks nephew Lugnad, who was also his navigator. This dates back to around 500 AD,and may be a transliteration of an earlier ogham inscription. For more details Click here


Situated: On Inchagoill Island, Lough Corrib, Co Galway. There are boat trips to the Island during the summer season, from Oughterard Pier in Co Galway and also from Cong in Co Mayo.

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Discovery Map 45: M1263 4922. Last visit July 2006.

Longitude: 9° 18' 59" W

Latitude: 53° 29' 9" N

Photo: Jim Dempsey.

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