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St. Gobnet's Church
St. Gobnait's Church, An Teampall Beag, Kilgobnet
Cill Ghobnait
Cill Gobnait Inisheer 2013.JPG
St. Gobnet's Church is located in Ireland
St. Gobnet's Church
St. Gobnet's Church
Location in Ireland
53°03′57″N 9°31′45″W / 53.065908°N 9.529201°W / 53.065908; -9.529201
Location Inisheer, County Galway
Country Ireland
Denomination Pre-Reformation Catholic
Founded 6th century
Founder(s) Gobnait
Functional status inactive
Years built c. 1100
Materials limestone
Diocese Tuam

St. Gobnet's Church is a medieval church and National Monument located on Inisheer, Ireland.


St. Gobnet's Church is located in the northern part of Inisheer, in the Aran Islands.


The site is believed to have been in use since the 6th century. According to traditional tales, Saint Gobnait fled from County Clare to Inisheer to escape a family feud. Later, an angel appeared to her and told her to return to the mainland and go south until she saw nine white deer; she settled at Ballyvourney and built a religious community. The remains of her beehive cell are said to be on Inisheer. The stone church was built in the 11th or 12th century.

The church was excavated in 1980 by W. Walsh.


Cill Gobnait with Fort in background
North window

A rectangular stone church. The remains of a beehive hut are visible; there are also two bullaun stones and three raised stone slabs.

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