The Sperrin landscape has some eye-catching and ancient spots off the beaten track and I have visited many of them although, to be fair many of these are difficult to locate and signposts are often scarce, this was easy enough to find once out of the Castlederg area; it was signposted.
|St. Patrick's Well|
|New pillars and entrance gate.|
|St. Patrick's statue.|
‘The Plain of the Church’ or Magherakeel Monastic Site, (6th-century). A small piece of the wall remains of what was St. Caireall’s Church named after the founder or local patron saint. The local primary school in Castlederg is also named after the saint. Magherakeel graveyard stands near the foundations of the original Catholic parish church, St. Caireall's, which was destroyed in the early
1600s during the Plantation.
On researching I could not find out much about this celtic Saint although it could be, (Saint Kerrill aka Caireall mac Curnain who was a Christian missionary in what is now east County Galway, alive in the mid-to-late 5th century, not real sure. Below at the shots.
|Magherakeel Monastic Site|
|A small piece of the wall remains of what was St. Caireall’s Church|
|The graveyard with beautiful old headstones.|
|Lovely old stones.|
Hope you enjoyed, Aine xx