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St. Dairbhile's Church
Teampall Deirbhile
An Fál Mór Teampall Deirbhile West Gable 2013 09 09.jpg
54°05′46″N 10°06′25″W / 54.096168°N 10.106915°W / 54.096168; -10.106915Coordinates: 54°05′46″N 10°06′25″W / 54.096168°N 10.106915°W / 54.096168; -10.106915
Location Fallmore, Aughleam, County Mayo
Country Ireland
Denomination Celtic Christianity
Architecture
Functional status inactive
Years built 12th century
Specifications
Length 12.19 m (40.0 ft)
Width 4.87 m (16.0 ft)
Number of floors 1
Materials granite, ashlar
Administration
Diocese Killala
Designations
National Monument of Ireland
Official name St. Dairbhile's Church
Reference no. 99A

St. Dairbhile's Church is a medieval church and National Monument in County Mayo, Ireland.

Location

St. Dairbhile's Church is located 2.4 km (1½ miles) south of Aughleam, on Mullet Peninsula.

History

An Fál Mór Teampall Deirbhile East Window 2013 09 09
West window

St. Dairbhile's Church was constructed in the 6th century, although the current structure is from the 12th century.

According to legend, if someone can squeeze themselves through the west window three times, they will never die from drowning.

Legend tells us that in the 6th century St. Dairbhile (Darbiled), a native of Meath, travelled to the Mullet Peninsula to escape an admirer. However, she was followed here, and gouged out her own eyes to make herself less attractive. When her horrified lover left, she washed her eyes in the waters of a well and her sight was restored. This is St. Deirbhile’s Well, which is located nearby. A pattern takes place annually on August 15.

Buildings

St. Dairbhile's Church is a gabled single-cell church, now in ruins. The church has a narrow ashlar-lined, deeply-splayed east window with an arcuated lintel, and a narrow west doorway with inclined jambs and arcuated lintel.

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