Killaghtee church and cross

The ruins of the old church at Killaghtee are thought to date from around the mid-12th century and it was in use until the early part of the 18th century.

The church remains include an attractive carved window of about the 13th century. In the mid-17th century it became a Protestant Church, although both Catholics and Protestants are buried in the old graveyard.

The most important gravestone in the graveyard is the Killaghtee Cross which dates from around 650AD. It is thought to mark the grave of an early monk, St. Aedh who is believed to have had a ‘cell’, a little hut for prayer and contemplation, there. The carving of a Maltese Cross on the head of the cross can still be seen while a carving of a triple knot below the cross, is now barely discernible.

The Community Group- Dunkineely Comunity Limited

Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) have been involved in a number of heritage projects in their locality. At Killaghtee they want to address local concerns about the condition and preservation of the church and its important cross and, once measures to protect the site are in place, to promote access to and knowledge about the site.