2.5 St Brigid’s Oratory
The stone altar of St Brigid lies between the islanders’ houses. On top of the altar are three quern stones (used for grinding corn) and two granite slabs.
As well as Ulaí Bhríde there are remains of two other small chapels – or oratories – on the island. At one time there may have been as many as seven.
Because they were used for grinding corn, quern stones were placed in the island’s chapels as a way of ensuring that Tory would have a plentiful supply of food.
A stone chalice said to have been used by Colmcille and found on the island is now in the Raphoe Diocesan Archive.
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