Ardfert Cathedral is built on the site of a monastery founded in the 6th Century by St. Brendan the Navigator and St. Erc. From its earliest foundation, it survived to become the principal Kerry settlement in medieval times. The cathedral itself is from the 12th Century and was added to over the next few centuries.
The word ‘fert is an old Irish word, often referring to pre-Christian burials, and thus there may have been a pre-Christian settlement here before the arrival of Erc or Brendan.
St. Brendan was born in 484 A.D. in the nearby village of Fenit where he is honored by a large bronze monument by artist Tighe O'Donoghue on Samphire Island in the Fenit Harbor.
About Ardfert Cathedral (Ardeaglais Ard Fhearta)
Heritage Ireland: Ardfert Cathedral
Journey to Ardfert Cathedral (Ardeaglais Ard Fhearta)
Ardfert Cathedral is located in the village of Ardfert on the R551 northwest of Tralee in County Kerry, Ireland.
Irish Antiquities: Ardfert Cathedral
Wikipedia: Ardfert Cathedral
New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Brendan
Ordnance Survey Map (Q785212)
Visitors information may be found at the Ardfert Village website. General information may be found at the Discover Ireland: Kerry website.
Additional Photos of Ardfert Cathedral (Ardeaglais Ard Fhearta)
Information Sign at Ardfert Cathedral
Lancet Windows in East Wall, Ardfert Cathedral
Lancet Windows in South Wall, Ardfert Cathedral
Sedelia in South Wall, Ardfert Cathedral
Arches, Ardfert Cathedral
Head on Wall, Ardfert Cathedral
Interior Ornamentation, Ardfert Cathedral
Stairs, Ardfert Cathedral
12th Century Temple na hOe Near Ardfert Cathedral
Plaque Commemorating the 15th Centenary of St. Brendan's Birth, Ardfert Cathedral
Statue of St. Brendan in Fenit, His Birthplace in 484 A.D.