Before you ask, sadly this is not an actual Kitchen and was probably never used as one either. Nobody really knows how it got its name, but it obviously stuck. I first came across this interesting little structure known as St. Brigid’s Kitchen a few years ago when I stopped off with my eldest son Ryan to climb the Round Tower on the opposite side of the Cathedral. It can be easily found to the east of the Cathedral. Descending a number of steps, you enter the chamber via a rectangular ope. Although it is described as a 14th century burial vault, there are clear signs that the chamber once stood above ground level, in the south wall there is a flat lintelled window with an internal splay. Interestingly a local rumour suggests that this was once part of a secret escape tunnel which over the centuries was lost. I wonder might this secret tunnel have been connected to the passage way which was also rumoured to have run from the nearby Church in Lackagh to the former Fitzgerald Castle. Sadly there is little but a cornerstone of this Castle remaining and the tunnel lost in the sands of time, so I guess we shall never know?
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