St Macdara founded a monastery on the small island of St Macdara Co Galway, otherwise inhabited now only by sheep. It has room for only six persons and may there have been a shrine for the saint. The current church is a restoration of a stone one which ultimately replaced the original wooden one. Notice the huge pieces of stone walling and steep roof reproducing the wooden design. This is one of the finest oratories in the whole of Ireland.
To visit the island can be an Irish adventure if ever there was one. Ask for ‘Paddy’ with a boat and a pier down Connemara. And don’t forget to say your prayers.