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Church Island
Oileán an Teampaill
ChurchIslandMonasticSite LoughCurrane StFinianChapel.jpg
Church Island (Lough Currane) is located in Ireland
Church Island (Lough Currane)
Location in Ireland
Monastery information
Established 6th century AD
Diocese Kerry
Founder(s) Fionán Cam
Status ruined
Style Romanesque
Location Lough Currane, County Kerry
Coordinates 51°50′06″N 10°07′45″W / 51.834893°N 10.129270°W / 51.834893; -10.129270
Public access yes
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Church Island (Lough Currane) Early Medieval Ecclesiastical Site
Reference no. 60

Church Island is a medieval Christian monastery and National Monument located in Lough Currane, Ireland.


Church Island is located on a 1.8 ha (4.4 acres) island in Lough Currane, 2.8 km (1.7 mi) east of Waterville. It is also known as Inis Uasail ("Upper Island").


The monastery on Lough Currane claims its foundation from Saint Fionán Cam (6th century AD).

The oak church (dairthech) was replaced in the 12th century by a Romanesque stone building, some of which survives.


There is a stone church, a clochán (perhaps a hospitium) and two further cells for other monks. There are three altars, 11 cross slabs and pillar stones.

Church island Cross, Co Kerry
A carved cross on Church Island

The church contains a relief carving of a musician playing a lyre.

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