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As one travels westwards along the N71, the first glimpse one gets of Rosscarbery is impressive; the causeway, the calm inlet with the Parish Church at its apex and the Convent of Mercy dominating the hillside, and to the left of these the spire of the Church of Ireland (Anglican) Cathedral rising above the town which nestles in its little valley.

Rosscarbery has a proud history.  In the 6th century St. Fachtna founded a monastery here that became so famous as a centre of religion and learning that the area became known as Ross Ailithir (meaning Ross of the Pilgrims).  The Danes put an end to that era in the latter part of the 10th century. 

In the 12th century, the Benedictines had a monastery here which flourished until the Cromwellian era.


The Church of Ireland Cathedral was founded in 1653 and was reconstructed about one hundred years later.  The Parish Church and the Convent were built towards the end of the 19th century, after the Act of Catholic Emancipation of 1829.  The causeway was built around the same period.

Today, Rosscarbery is a centre of tourism, within easy reach of several sandy beaches, cliff-tops walks and many other attractions.

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