Dísert Óengusa facts for kids
|Other names||Disert-aengusa, St Aengus's Hermitage, Dysert Aenghusa, Dysert Oenghusa, Desert Oenghus|
|Founder(s)||Óengus of Tallaght|
|Location||Carrigeen, Croom, County Limerick|
|Official name||Dísert Óengusa Early Medieval Hermitage|
Óengus of Tallaght (Óengus mac Óengobann, Óengus the Culdee, d. 824) is believed to have founded the hermitage in AD 780, leaving it two years later. It was associated with the Culdees.
The monastery is mentioned in the annals for 1033. Some early ruins on the site have been dated to the early 11th century.
The round tower was built in the 12th century. The present church, with antae, dates back to the 15th or 16th century. The church was abandoned in later centuries and fell into ruin.
Local folklore claimed the tower had been erected in a single night by a witch. It was visited and sketched by John Windele in 1833. Restoration work was carried out in 2019.
The tower is 20.65 m (67.7 ft) tall with a diameter of 5.28 m (17.3 ft) and a Romanesque doorway 4.6 m (15 ft) above ground level. The church is a simple rectangle 15.5 m (51 ft) by 5 m (16 ft).
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