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This small building is traditionally the burial of St Declan, the founder of the monastery at Ardmore. He is said to have been alread a Christian Bishop in Munser BEFORE St Patrick arrived in Ireland and is on of the main reasons for the belief that Christianity may have come to the south-east of Ireland earlier than to the rest of the country. The oratory is an important station of the annual pilgrimage to Ardmore on July 24th. The saint is supposed to be buried in the stone lined pit in the floor which was once covered with a large flagstone but which, along with the contents of teh grave, has now vanished as a result of centuries of relic collecting. The building was re-roofed and modernized in 1716.

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