Site: Illauntannig

Name:Illauntannig (Oileán tSeanaigh) CISP No:ITNNG
Place:Illauntannig (Oileán tSeanaigh) Grid Ref:Q 622 213 (IR)   Map
Parish:inc Stones:1
County:Kerry (Ciarraí) , Ireland Saint(s):Senach
Site Type:ecclesiastical

Site Notes

Cuppage et al/1986, 293-297, gives a detailed description of the small 36 acre island and its early Christian remains, including some uninscribed cross-slabs.

Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 153--154: `The island, the largest of the Magharees, is named after St Senach who reputedly founded the early Christian monastery on the island. The visible remains are substantial and consist of two oratories, three circular huts (one with a souterrain), three examples of a leacht (one with a plain stone cross beside it) and a burial ground, all within an enclosing wall ... The date of the buildings is uncertain. Harbison argued for a twelfth-century date for one of the oratories ... and the cross may be of a similar date. A bronze-coated iron hand-bell, now in the NMI, came from a recess in one of the walls; it may date from the period 600-900 ... Until 1998 two scmall cross-incised stones were preserved in the oratory with the lost fragments. These have now been removed and are in Killarney, in the care of Dúchas'.