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Beghanane Graveyard (EN)


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Kilcrohane Church/Cill Chrócháin, also known as Coad Church and traditionally dedicated to St. Cróchán, the patron of the parish. This Medieval church is located close to the Northern boundary of a rectangular graveyard on the lower south east slopes of Coad Mountain. There are a number of ritual sites in this graveyard including a holy well and sacred tree as well as a mass rock from Penal times. Mass rocks were used when attendance at mass was prohibited. Priests in hiding would say mass at various secret locations, many of these sites had large boulders, which became known as mass rocks. The well and sacred tree formed the main assembly point of the three-day pattern or celebration formerly held in honour of St. Crohane. This is considered to have been originally a Lughnasa pilgrimage-assembly and began on July 29th, Oíche Chrócháin. It included a pilgrimage from Kilcrohane up to Windy Gap, where another holy well, Tobar na Bearnan is located.

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  • Caherdaniel to Sneem (EN)
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