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Church Island
Oileán an Teampaill
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Church Island (Valentia Harbour) is located in Ireland
Church Island (Valentia Harbour)
Location in Ireland
Monastery information
Established 7th century AD
Disestablished before 1100
Diocese Kerry
Status ruined
Style Celtic
Location Valentia Harbour, County Kerry
Coordinates 51°56′15″N 10°17′00″W / 51.937597°N 10.283343°W / 51.937597; -10.283343
Public access yes
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Church Island (Valentia Harbour) Early Medieval Ecclesiastical Site
Reference no. 59

Church Island is a medieval Christian monastery and National Monument located in Valentia Harbour, Ireland.


Church Island is located on a 1-acre (0.4 ha) island in Valentia Harbour, immediately west of Beginish, 1.4 km (0.87 mi) north of Knightstown.


The island was anciently a centre for iron smelting.

The monastery was established in the 7th century AD.

Excavations by M. J. O'Kelly in 1955–56 turned up the remnants of a wooden oratory and a cross inscribed with Ogham. It also gave evidence of the diet of the monks: cod, ballan wrasse, oats, barley, gannet, shag, cormorant, goose, duck, beef, mutton, pork, goat meat, horsemeat and seal.


Contains the remains of a stone oratory, clochán (possibly a hospitium), and holy well.

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