[St Brenain's Chapel, Inishglora]

Artist(s) : George Crampton (Draughtsman), Edmund Evans (Engraver)

Interior of the ruined chapel of St Brenain or Brendan, on the island of Inishglora, off the coast of the Mullet Peninsula in Erris, north Mayo. It contains a large statue, and a cross with either skulls or cursing stones lying on a simple altar.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – E. EVANS Sc

Image Details

Genre Scientific or Technical illustration
Technique Wood engravings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture
Geographical Location
  • Inishglora - Island
  • Mayo - County
  • Connaught - Province
Keywords(s) Altars, Antiquities, Archaeological sites, Buildings, Churches, Crosses, Interiors, Islands, Ruins, Sculpture
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 5.5 cm x 6 cm
Published / created 1841

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Sketches in Erris and Tyrawly
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy p. 102
Source copy National Library of Ireland Ir 914123 o 2
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Related text from travel account

The following day an excursion was arranged for me in which I was much interested. I was to walk across the peninsula to the glebe house of the Protestant clergyman, and he, providing a boat, we were to proceed from a little bay called French port and reach the island of Innisgloria, where I was informed that there were some very curious old buildings and remains, that were full of interest to the antiquarian. [p. 56]
Unable to proceed to Innisgloria myself, I commissioned my friend, Mr Crampton, to go and report for me and he has done as follows [p. 97]
"The chapel of St. Brenain (who is said to have erected all the buildings in the island) is a very rude structure about fourteen feet long by eight or nine wide, and from the inclination of the upper part of the walls, it would seem that formerly it had a stone roof. It contains the statue of the saint (of which I send the sketch), and the altar.
The statue seems to have been once a good specimen of carving, and it is said to have been painted, but [p. 103] time and weather have sadly defaced it. It is regarded with great veneration, and worshipped by devotees who come here to perform stations, and it is regularly kissed by every Roman Catholic visitant, whether on a station or not. The stations are performed around the seven leachtas or monuments, — the penitent going round each, on his knees thrice; and upright, thrice. The most respected of these leachtas is that called 'Leachta rillik Wurragh,' or the monument of the reliques of Mary ; this is seated on a mound which seems artificial, and in which I am strongly of opinion there are more of those 'thurrows.' Indeed, this leachta, besides its cognomen of 'rillik Wurragh,' has also that of 'thurrow.' If this opinion be the correct one, it would seem to argue that these 'beehive' structures were merely sepulchres. That containing the remains of the saint, having a monument raised over it, and called the 'monument of the Thurrow of the reliques of Mary,' — besides the statue of the saint in the chapel, are the remains of his altar, of timber also, once painted, but now loose and clumsily put up, so as to look like a stool.' [pp. 56, 97, 102-103].
[Continues with a description of the 'tubber' and the 'thurrows']
St Brenain's Chapel, Inishglora