Category: Village Guide
Published on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 08:23
Written by Administrator
Ballygarrett is a small village on the coast road between Courtown and Kilmuckridge, which boasts a fine history. Its high tower church is centre of the village street. Donaghmore, (Domhnach Mor - the great church) near Ballygarrett was visited by Saint Patrick. While this person can be described as our first tourist, there is evidence here of a Christian site from the earliest times.
The Catholic Church dates from 1839 and its pews are made from the timbers of the wrecked sailing ship the 'Pomona'. The ruins of a Church of Ireland Church disused since 1840 are on the site of the original foundation. At Glascarrig, the remains of a thirteenth century Benedictine Priory can be seen and a well preserved moat. Unlike others, it is said to be a Norman earthwork and marks the probable site of Glascarrig Castle, built subsequent to 1175.
There are two impressive monuments situated in the grounds of the Catholic Church. One to mark the Ballygarrett - Texas (Refugio) Connection, and a memorial to those millions who died in the Great Famine of 1847.