Kilgeever Abbey

Kilgeever Abbey is a little unroofed church built on the site of an earlier Patrician church in 12th century. It is said St. Patrick visited this area in 460 AD. In the past it used to be a station on the pilgrimage way from Croagh Patrick to Caher Island and here pilgrims performed their set of prayers.

The rectangular shaped Abbey has a round-headed window in the easter gable. On the easter end of the church two niches can be seen. They were used for storing vessels. There is also a 15th century door with a pock-dressed arch and a draw-bar hole where was a beam which locked the door. In the graveyard there are two slabs dating back to the 7th century AD. They are carved with crosses.

Beside the entrance of the graveyard is the Holy Well called ‘Tabar Ri Dhomhnaigh’ or ‘Our Lord’s Well of the Sabbath’. Here pilgrims used to come on July 15th, the Festival of the 12 Apostles. Nowadays, on Reek Sunday, many people still visit the well on their way to Croagh Patrick.

On the scattered rocks, near the graveyard, many crosses can be seen. They were carved by pilgrims when their stations had been performed.

Not far from the Holy Well is a desert village, a clear historic evidence of the Great Famine when Mayo’s population was reduced by half.