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Church Island
Oileán an Teampaill
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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; -10.283343Coordinates: 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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