Kiltullagh's Ancient Church.
The photos show the ancient church site at Kiltullagh
near to the Mayo border with Co. Roscommon. The church site is situated on
top of a steep hill from which a magnificent view of the surrounding
countryside is to be seen. Legend has it that in the fifth century a local
chieftain Enda O’Flynn converted to Christianity and gave land to St.
Patrick to build a church at Kiltullagh (Cill Tullach - Church on the
The present ruined church is thought to date from 1441
and, it is said, that Cromwellian forces destroyed the building in the
On an adjoining hilltop there is a standing stone where,
some years ago, a shallow grave containing the skeleton of a man was found.
Carbon 14 tests carried out at Queen’s University, Belfast, placed the date
of the burial in the year 430 A.D. plus or minus 20 years. The burial was
orientated in the east-west direction, ( in the Christian tradition) raising
the question, was this the grave of one of Ireland’s first early Christians
The late Gerry Cribbin of Ballyhaunis, a member of the
Mayo Historical & Archaeological Society, took part in the work on
Kiltullagh Hill and his valuable contribution was acknowledged in an
article - ‘A pagan-Christian Transitional Burial At Kiltullagh‘.
Emania 1995 pp. 88-98.
The Medieval Church at
The Church on the Hill, Cill