Religion and Spirituality in West Ireland
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Religious points of interest in West Ireland

With its famous Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland's west coast has become the country's most popular and (after Dublin) its most visited tourist area. It is also home to some of The Emerald Isle's most significant religious settlements, buildings and monuments.

On this page, we have picked out some of the very best spiritual and religious destinations from throughout Ireland's rugged West.

Find religious sites in West Ireland

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Churches and Cathedrals

St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, County Galway

St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church

St Mary's Church, Claddagh, County Galway

St Mary's Church

St Ignatius Church, Sea Road, Galway City

St Ignatius Church

Galway Cathedral, Galway City

Galway Cathedral

St. Mary’s Church, Ballinrobe, County Mayo

St. Mary’s Church

Church Of The Holy Rosary, Castlebar, County Mayo

Church Of The Holy Rosary

St Mary's Church, Quin, County Clare

St Mary's Church

St Flannan's Church, Killaloe, County Clare

St Flannan's Church

Monastic Sites

Scattery Island, County Clare

Scattery Island

Corcomroe Abbey, County Clare

Corcomroe Abbey

Celtic Crosses

St Tola's Cross, on the ruins of Dysert O'Dea Monastery, Co. Clare

St Tola's Cross

This 12th Century White Cross is located on the same site as an unnamed Romanesque Church. Locals say that it is safer to access the cross from the side of the Dysert O'Dea Castle as there is a bull in the same field as the church.

Thin Places

Croagh Patrick, a sacred pilgrimage for Irish and foreign visitors alike

Croagh Patrick

Standing at 2,507 ft, Croagh Patrick is County Mayo's largest Mountain (it is Ireland's 29th largest). Every year, on the last Sunday in July, thousands of people climb Croagh Patrick to celebrate Saint Patrick. He is said to have fasted and prayed there for 40 days in the year 441 AD.

Coole Park, one of the man thin places of County Galway

Coole Park

Located west of the town of Gort in County Galway, Coole Park is a nature reserve spanning around 1,000 acres. It is open to the public all year round, free of charge, and also acts as a bird sanctuary.

Spiritual Tours of Ireland's West

  • Earthwise Spiritual Tours Galway / Burren
  • Unique tours of hidden sites in nature for a meditation and sound healing with an experienced local author / guide. Learn to dowse and divine ley lines / water lines.

  • +353 (0)83 411 7498

Other Religious Destinations throughout Ireland

Map of Ireland

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