Ratass Church, Tralee

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Ratass Church is a medieval church with ogham stone forming a National Monument in Tralee, Ireland.LocationThe church is located in a graveyard on Quill Street, in the eastern suburbs of Tralee.HistoryIt is believed that a ringfort or embanked enclosure was built here first (Rath Mhaighe Teas, "fort of the southern plain"), before a sandstone church was erected in the 10th century AD, and served as the centre of Kerry diocese from 1111 to 1117, when the seat was moved to Ardfert. The west gable and part of the nave walls belong to this earlier construction; the rest of the church is later.The ogham stone is much earlier; based on the Primitive Irish grammar, it is placed in AD 550–600.DescriptionThe stone is of fine purple sandstone, with the inscription NM SILLANN MAQ VATTILLOGG . It was discovered in 1975 during a cleanup; it had been built into the sides of a 19th-century burial vault.
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  • This is the ruin of a 10th Century Church. Quite possibly the main church in the diocese of Kerry before the seat moved to Ardfert Cathedral.  more »
  • Tucked away in the corner of a massive modern cemetery is this small ruined church that is older than the town of Tralee itself. And it has an ogham stone!  more »
  • Not easy to found, but its fun if you like cemetery
  • Had a wonderful experience . .the children anticipating their First Communion . They are blessed with Fr Sean... Carmel a very calm Sacristan ..❤

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