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Kilmalkedar ( Irish : Cill Maoilchéadair; German: "Maolcethairs Church") is a Romanesque church ruin on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland . It is one of the county's ecclesiastical highlights .

The Romanesque church was built in the 12th century over an older monastery, which is said to have been founded by St. Maolcethair († 636) of the Iroschottische Kirche . It consisted of the nave and the choir . The choir was enlarged around 1200. Part of the original stone roof is still there. The Romanesque doorway has a tympanum with a head on one side and an animal on the other. The choir arch also has Romanesque decorations. In the church ruin there is a culturally and historically significant, perforated Ogham stone and a cross slab . A two-story medieval building probably served as a residence for the priests.

Some features indicate that the church was influenced by Cormac's chapel in Cashel . Historical evidence shows connections between the places.

In the cemetery or in the immediate vicinity you can find:

  • a holy well
  • another cross slab
  • an ogham stone particularly high and needle-shaped, with the inscription: M (AI) LE INBIR MACI BROCANN (Mael Inbir son of Brocán)
  • a simple high cross
  • a sundial
  • a house of prayer in the cemetery
  • two beehive huts , one of them in the wall
  • St. Brendan's house
  • St. Brendan's source
  • St. Brendan's prayer chair with seven indentations and another prayer chair with one indentation


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Coordinates: 52 ° 11 ′ 5.2 "  N , 10 ° 20 ′ 11.5"  W.