Derrynaflan Church facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsDerrynaflan Church
Irish: Teampall Dhoire na bhFlann
Paten discovered at Derrynaflan (detail)
|Location||Lurgoe, Littleton Bog,
County Tipperary, Ireland
|Elevation||139 m (456 ft)|
|Built||11th–13th century AD|
|Official name: Derrynaflan Church|
Derrynaflan Church is located on an "island" in Littleton bog, located 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) south of Littleton.
The monastery at Derrynaflan ("Oak grove of the Flanns"; formerly Daire Eidnech, "ivied oak grove") was founded by Ruadhán of Lorrha in the 6th century AD. It came under the patronage of the King-Bishops of Cashel. It was an important culdee centre, but went into decline after Fedelmid mac Crimthainn died in AD 846. Only the enclosure survives.
The surviving stone church is a pre-Norman cell with a chancel later added.
A Franciscan community existed at Derrynaflan between 1676 and 1717.
It is famous as the discovery site of the Derrynaflan Hoard of gold and silver objects of the 8th–9th century.
A stone slab found on the site (now in the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology) is inscribed OR DOAN MAIN DVBSCVLL, "a prayer for the soul of Dubscuile."
There is also a ring barrow and medieval cemetery. To the northeast is a burial site, supposedly that of the legendary Gobán Saor.
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