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“Early Ecclesiastical Site, South of Moville, Inishowen, Donegal”

Ranked #7 of 9 things to do in Moville
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 25 January 2014

Cooly, or Cooley, is a townland just south of Moville, in Inishowen, Donegal, and it it here that you'll find the site of a monastery founded by St Finian. It is not easy to find, because for some unknown reason, there is no signage. I knew it was on a steep hill, overlooking the Foyle and Moville, but had to ask a local as to its whereabouts. The chap we asked, told us to follow him, and he drove us straight to it, he could not have been more helpful. Anyhow, if you turn off the main road into Moville, on L6391, and go about a half mile up, you'll see it on your right.

The cross is uncarved, and contains a pierced ring and a hole, and the local tradition is to make a wish, and throw a stone at the hole, and if it goes through, your wish will be granted. I threw several, so lets hope it works!!!

Inside the graveyard is a odd little building, called the "skull house", which is very well preserved, and is possibly a Saint's Tomb. On the floor, your find bones, which we're led to believe are mostly human. Make sure you bring your camera with you, as there are beautiful views from this site.

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