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Teampull na hIngine Baoit
© Teampull na hIngine Baoit

The oldest church ruin in the parish is called "Teampull na hIngine Baoit" after the Dalcassian saint, St Baoith. The ruin is situated in Strand. Westropp claims that Lewis was incorrect in calling the church "The Church of the Devout Daughter". He also lists a church called Killocally, which he says may in fact have been the church in Strand. In 1839 the north and east walls fell in the "Night Of the Big Wind". The ruins are now over grown but the remaining walls are in good condition. There are two windows in the south wall as well as what appears to be a door or large window. Fr Irwin believes that this site may have been an abbey when it was first built. Locals claim that there was a tunnel connecting the church in Strand to the castle at Glenquin. However, there is no proof as to the existence of this tunnel.

Rathcahill church ruin
© Rathcahill church ruin

According to Begley, there was a church in Rathcahill, which was mentioned in the records in 1302, and which was burned in 1306. The site of this church was across from Lady's Well. All that remains of this church is a pier that was probably part of the entrance to the church.

Begley concludes that after the fire of 1306, the church was rebuilt in the townland of Monagea, in the parish of Rathcahill. During the penal era, the church returned to Rathcahill. About the beginning of the nineteenth century, the church was again removed to Monagea. The parish was renamed Monagea. The ruin of this church can now be seen in the graveyard at Monagea.

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