Ogham Stone, Kilmalkedar Monastery, County Kerry, Ireland by Vincent Besanceney on Flickr.

Kilmalkedar monastery, founded in the seventh century, is located on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry and is spread out over ten acres. The site contains a church, ogham stone, oratory, sundial, several cross-inscribed slabs, and two houses. It includes structures built in the Early Christian era through ones built in the fifteenth century.

Although primarily a Christian site, it includes some pagan elements. Supposedly, it was founded by Saint Maolcethair, son of the King of Ulster, who died at this site in 636. He chose it because of its proximity to Mount Brandon, a pre-Christian religious symbol, and the pilgrim’s track which leads to Mount Brandon passes through Kilmalkedar.

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