This is Galway's oldest church -- it's said that Christopher Columbus prayed here in 1477 before sailing away on one of his attempts to reach the New World. Established about 1320, it has changed from Roman Catholic to Church of Ireland and back again at least four times and is currently under the aegis of the latter denomination. Inside are a 12th-century crusader's tomb with a Norman inscription, a carved font from the 16th or 17th century, and a stone lectern with barley-sugar twist columns from the 15th century. Guided tours, conducted by Declan O Mordha, a knowledgeable and enthusiastic church representative, depart from the south porch according to demand, except on Sunday morning.
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