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St. Manchan's Oratory
An Teampall Geal, Templemanagan
Teampall Mhanachain
St. Manchan's Oratory is located in Ireland
St. Manchan's Oratory
St. Manchan's Oratory
Location in Ireland
52°09′16″N 10°19′53″W / 52.154529°N 10.331290°W / 52.154529; -10.331290
Location Ballymorereagh, Dingle, County Kerry
Country Ireland
Denomination Catholic (pre-Reformation)
Dedication Manchan
Functional status ruined
Style Celtic Christian
Years built c. 7th–9th century AD
Length 5.5 m (18 ft)
Width 5 m (16 ft)
Height 2.75 m (9 ft 0 in)
Number of floors 1
Floor area 28 m2 (300 sq ft)
Materials dry stone
Diocese Ardfert and Aghadoe

St. Manchan's Oratory, also called An Teampall Geal ("the bright church") is a medieval oratory and National Monument in County Kerry, Ireland.


St. Manchan's Oratory is located in Ballymorereagh (An Baile Riabhach), on the southeast slopes of Lateeve (Leataoibh) hill, 4.5 km (2.8 mi) east-northeast of Dingle.



A boat-shaped oratory similar to that at Gallarus. It stands 2.75 m (9 ft 0 in) high and has a finial. A souterrain (called Poll na Sagart, the priest's hole, based on the common legends that Catholic priests hid in them in the Penal era) and ancient burial ground with cross-inscribed slabs lie nearby. A holy well, Tobermanaghan, lies to the south.

Ogham stone

The ogham stone (CIIC 170) stands 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) and reads QENỊLOCI MAQI MAQI-AINIA MUC̣[OI] ("of Cellach, son of the son of Ania, of the tribe of ..."). Sabine Ziegler placed it in the 5th–7th centuries AD.

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