Gougane Barra


The name Gougane Barra comes from Saint Finbarr, who is said to have built a monastery on an island in the lake nearby during the 6th century.

The present ruins date from around 1700 when a priest called Denis O’Mahony retreated to the island.

During the times of the Penal Laws, Gougane Barra’s remoteness meant that it became a popular place for the celebration of the Roman Catholic Mass.