45a. Reask Monastic site and the Gallarus Oratory early Christian sites, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry
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Reask Monastic enclosure near Ballyferriter.
The sign for the Reask Monastic Enclosure (Mainistir Riaisc) and the beautifully carved 'Celtic Christian' stone ('The Reask Pillar').
The remaining stone walled outline of the early 8th-9th century Christian monastic enclosure but pottery fragments from the eastern Mediterranean, have been found at lower levels suggest the site was active in the 5th-6th century AD.
The Gallarus Oratory near the eastern shore of Smerwick Harbour.
The building probably dates from the 9th-10th century, though the 'blurb' on site says 7th-8th century.
The masonry is dry stoned, and even after a 1000+ years it still doesn't leak! The corbelled roof is as waterproof as when it was built.
The view from the Gallarus Oratory out over Smerwick Harbour to the hills of the Three Sisters.
The entrance doorway, the one small window and the carved cross on a stone near the oratory.
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