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Ross Errilly Friary

Standing in serene solitude on the South bank of the Black River, just two miles West from the town of Headford in County Galway the Franciscan Friary of Ross is recognised by many historians both past and present as the best preserved monastic ruin of its period in Ireland. It was founded in 1349 by the then Archbishop of Tuam Dr. Malachy MacHugh, who was a native of the Headford area and, as it happens, a member of the Franciscan order.

 
Killursa

Killursa is about 1.5 miles west of Headford on the Greenfields road. It is a ruined church set in an extensive graveyard. The ruin measures 70feet by 24feet, and it has a gothic pointed doorway, and a large mullioned gothic window, which indicates that the present structure was erected after the Norman invasion, 1169. A wall was built across this church, probably cutting off a section for the officiating clergyman, who had his habitat there. Killursa means the church of St. Fursa whose statue one sees as one enters the graveyard. It was here St. Fursa had the famous visions of the unseen world which grave authors assert inspired Dante to write his "Comedia Divina".

Knockma Hill
Knockma the great 'Hill of Maeve' is situated 5 miles west of Tuam. Maeve the legendary Queen of Connacht is reputed to be buried in the Cairns on the summit of the hill from which one of the greatest panoramic views in Ireland may be obtained. Tradition also points to Knockma as the home of fairy legend. For here Finvarra, King of Connacht fairies, is reputed to have held his court. This partially wooded hill contains examples of the famous Burren flora, the Spring Gentian and the Purple Helleborine to name but two species. The limestone flags on its summit and sides contain all of our rarest plants that are otherwise only found in the Burren! A fine path to the summit of this hill has been created through a FÁS project.
 
Shrule Castle

Shrule Castle, on the Black river at the Mayo border, was part of a manor granted by Richard deBurgo to his son John in 1308.

Moyne Castle
Moyne castle was a 16th century castle built on the Black river on the Mayo border, to which a much later mansion was added. Both are now ruined.

 

 

 

 
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