St. Gobnait’s Church, or Cill Ghobnait in Irish, is a small medieval church located on Inis Oírr (Inisheer), the smallest and easternmost of the Aran Islands in Galway. The church is dedicated to St. Gobnait, a female saint who is venerated as the patroness of bees and beekeeping. According to legend, St. Gobnait fled from her home in County Clare to escape a family feud and sought refuge on Inisheer. There, she founded a monastic community and performed many miracles. She is said to have cured diseases, revived dead animals, and protected the island from invaders.

The church that stands today dates from the 10th century and replaced an earlier church that was built by St. Gobnait herself. The church is rectangular in shape and has a stone altar and a holy well nearby. The church is surrounded by a circular enclosure that marks the boundary of the sacred site. The church is also close to the pier and the beach, offering a beautiful view of the sea and the mainland.

St. Gobnait’s Church is a place of pilgrimage for many devotees who come to pray for healing and blessings. The church is also a place of interest for tourists who want to learn more about the history and culture of the Aran Islands. The church is open to visitors all year round and there is no admission fee. However, visitors are asked to respect the sanctity of the site and to leave it as they found it.

If you are looking for a unique and memorable experience on your trip to Ireland, you might want to visit St. Gobnait’s Church on Inisheer. You will not only discover a hidden gem on the Aran Islands, but also connect with a fascinating saint who left her mark on this land.


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St. Gobnet's Church



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