School: Louisburgh (roll number 5128/9)

Location:
Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Thos. J. Morahan

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Kilgeever - Village, Parish, Church, Derivation

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0137, Page 005

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The parish of Kilgeever lies to the West of Croagh Patrick. The old church in the village of Kilgeever gave the parish its name. Kilgeever- according to the interpretation of most people means "The windy church" - probably on account of the exposed position it occupied. Others - among whom are numbered the eminent Irish scholar, Rev. John O'Reilly CC. Bekan, Co. Mayo - hold that Kilgeever means "The church of Eever (Iomhair) They hold that Iomhair ( a monk of Danish extraction) was a disciple of St. Patrick, and that after the Saint's fast on Croagh Patrick he (St. Patrick) visited Kilgeever and decided on building a Church there. Later he sent Iomhair to carry out the project and establish a monastery there.

Ruins-
I examined the ruins recently. It appears that the building was erected with carefully cut stone and a mortar made from earth mixed with blood of oxen.

In length the monastery was about forty feet; its width was about fifteen feet.

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Collector
Thomas J. Morahan
Gender
male
Language
English
Location
Kilgeever