Teampall Bheanáin

Teampall Bheanáin, Inis Mor, Ireland

Diana Hayes

Teampall Bheanáin (Benan’s Temple) is a tiny oratory in the village of Killeany, on Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands in Galway Bay, Ireland. Measuring 15 feet by 11 feet, it is considered by some to be the smallest church in Ireland.  Too small to have been a congregational church, it is assumed to be a tomb shrine of St. Benan (Benignus of Armagh), a favourite disciple of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint.

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