2.6 Church of the Seven
These are the only chapel remains on Tory Island. In Irish this place is called Móirsheisear which translates as ‘big number six’ and which is an old Irish word for the number seven.
Islanders tell the story that the site is the tomb of seven people who drowned when their boat was wrecked off the island’s northwest coast at Scoilt Móirsheisear. There was only one woman among the seven and she was buried alongside the men. However, in the morning the woman’s body was found on top of the grave so she was re-buried in a separate plot. This story is the explanation for the small enclosure near the chapel.
It is believed that clay taken from under the woman’s grave has the power to keep ships and boats free of rats. But the clay can only be collected by the oldest member of the Duggan family living on Tory.
There is an altar at the east end of the building and a bullaun stone – which would have contained holy water – near the entrance.
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