Donaghmore (Grangewilliam)

If you ever get the train to Maynooth, you’ll pass by this site just next to the entrance to Carton House. There are three monastic sites found around Maynooth: Donaghmore, Laraghbryan and Taghadoe. This one, Donaghmore (Domhnach Mór) is probably the earliest one of the three. There are reports that St. Patrick rested here, but didn’t he rest EVERYWHERE? St. Senan had a disciple named St. Erc and this area is associated with him.

It’s pretty overgrown inside. It’s surrounded by a low wall (that still needs to be climbed!), probably a boundary wall marking the site as sacred. There’s only one way in, and after entering it you see this modern built alter. Perhaps it’s used for Summer Masses, or such and such.

It’s really hard to give you a sense of the site because it’s so overgrown.

This graveyard and church was built much later than the monastery. The monastery didn’t survive after the 11th Century, while the church was ruined by the 14th Century. There was a big change in the church parish system and the church was a part of that before its ruinous state.

There was an Ogham stone discovered in 1902 which reads ‘Monument of Natfráich Son of the kin of Trianling’…but more on that later!

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Cannonballs and Croziers: A History of Maynooth edited by John Drennan


5 comments on “Donaghmore (Grangewilliam)

  1. Andy Neill says:

    brill Jurg, i always wondered what that was when i went past on a train. what’s an Ogham stone?

  2. daithi82 says:

    Looks like a fantastic hidden away kind of place. Is there any sort of local history group in Maynooth? Perhaps you should suggest to them or someone else about cleaning it up a bit. You have the gardening experience.

    As for St Patrick, he did seem to rest nearly everywhere. What a lazy sod:P

  3. Andy: Thanks! it’s brilliance is seen best from the train or road really. Gonna be vague on purpose and say an Ogham Stone is a stone that has carved into it an Old Irish alphabet (sometimes),. I’ll be vague on purpose because I have a guest expert blogger gonna be posting and he’ll tell it in an interesting, factual amazing way!

    Dave: It would be worth looking into seeing who owns it, as graves are still used in there as far as I know. Might have a tough time cleaning it up if it is still in use.

  4. […] Donaghmore Ogham Stone (CllC 026)* was discovered by Lord Walter Fitzgerald in Grangewilliam churchyard in 1902. The Ogham inscription upon it is fine and faint and, were it not for […]

  5. […] third monastic site found around Maynooth. I’ve already mentioned the other two: Taghadoe and Donaghmore (Grangewilliam). Now I mention the final one here, […]

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