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Dísert Óengusa
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Monastery information
Other names Disert-aengusa, St Aengus's Hermitage, Dysert Aenghusa, Dysert Oenghusa, Desert Oenghus
Order Culdees
Established AD 780
Diocese Limerick
Founder(s) Óengus of Tallaght
Status Inactive
Location Carrigeen, Croom, County Limerick
Coordinates 52°31′15″N 8°44′41″W / 52.520931°N 8.744713°W / 52.520931; -8.744713
Public access Yes
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Dísert Óengusa Early Medieval Hermitage
Reference no. 83

Dísert Óengusa is a medieval hermitage and National Monument located in County Limerick, Ireland.


Dísert Óengusa is located 1.8 kilometres (1.1 mi) west of Croom, near the headwaters of the River Maigue.


Dysert-Aenghusa Round Tower Croom
Round tower at Dísert Óengusa

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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