An Teampall Mór

An Tempall Mor (1)

The next building we come to is known as Teampall Mór in Gaelic or ‘The Big Church’,, it’s the oldest surviving structure here. Said to date from the 15th century with parts that are much older, perhaps 10th/11th century? It’s a rectangular structure made mostly from roughly coursed granite. What remains now is a nave and chancel. The wall which separates these once had a rather nice pointed archway, but was filled in with stone. You can still however make out the shape of the archway. There is a doorway, but it blocked with a locked gate. Someone had tied a nice little wooden cross to the gate. On top of the Nave/chancel wall there is an interesting double belfry, with only one bell remaining. It is kind of hard to see, but I did catch a glimpse of a chain coming down the wall from the belfry which would suggest that perhaps the bell is still in some state of working order.

An Tempall Mor (2)

An Tempall Mor (3)

The south wall of the nave is gone but all other walls are still standing. The west enterance also has a small granite water stoup which has survived. It is believed that the walls of the nave extended beyond the gables forming antae or pillars. Inside the chancel are a number of grave markers an plaques. There is a single pointed window in the east wall to light the chancel. Teampall Mór is also said to contain the grave of St. Moling.

An Tempall Mor (4)

Granite Water Stoup

An Tempall Mor (5)

Looking out to the Graveyard

An Tempall Mor (6)

An Tempall Mor (7)

An Tempall Mor (8)

Twin Belfry

An Tempall Mor (9)

Former Chancel Archway

An Tempall Mor (10)

An Tempall Mor (11)

Inside the Chancel

An Tempall Mor (12)

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Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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19 Responses to An Teampall Mór

  1. I so appreciate your histories along with the fantastic photos. They have such a mood!!


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  3. This is really great! Photography + historical perspectives.
    It seems almost criminal that DiscoverIreland hasn’t made you an employee. Who wants to go to a horse race when you can see all this amazing history?!!


    • Exactly, and if they are listening, I am open to consultancy work for various heritage and tourism bodies 🙂


      • I mean… your photos are gorgeous, you provide fascinating historical perspectives, etc. One of your photos is more provocative towards traveling to Ireland than all the “petty” photos of people smiling and doing pretty much whatever you could do anywhere else in the world. Ireland is what Oreland can provide, found nowhere else. You can’t find these amazing Irish ruins in Iceland…

        rest assured I will be e-mailing DiscoverIreland and suggesting they find you. I would bet good money that your site will bring more tourist dollars to the country than anything else they put up.




        • Gee thanks Dan,

          With a recommendation like that I cant go wrong. Really appreciate the support my friend 🙂


          • I just emailed the DiscoverIeland people and told them about you amazing work. If they are truly interested in promoting interest in your wonderful country. If not then they will join the countless tales of those who rejected greatness at the ground level: the label(s) that rejected the Beatles, RSO rejecting U2, etc.

            Be bold, Brother Ed. Your work can’t truly be “rejected,” just passed over by those lacking foresight.




  4. Sue Vincent says:

    If your work is anything at all to go by, I’m sure if I ever make it to Ireland I won’t want to come home…


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  6. Looks like a very serene place.


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