St. Lachtain's Church, Freshford
St. Lachtain died in Donoughmore, County Cork in 622 AD. It is almost certain that a church was built on the present site after 622 AD. The Danes (also known as Vikings or Norsemen) robbed it of its gold and silver ornaments and burnt all its books.
The church was replaced in 1100; however all that is left of the 1100 church is the beautiful Hiberno-Romanesque (Irish-Roman) architectural porch and doorway. The remainder of the present church was built for Protestant worship in 1731. The arch bears a prayer in old Irish writing:
A prayer for Niamh, daughter of Corc, and for Mathgamhan O Chearmaic for whom this church was made. A prayer for Gille Mocholmoc O Chearmaic for whom this church was made. A prayer for Gille Mocholmoc O Ceannucain who made it.
In St. Lachtain's time Freshford was a diocese. In 1225 a Bishop's palace was built at Aghore (Achadh Ur), now Uppercourt. It was used as a summer residence for over 300 years.
The sandstone Romanesque portal is deemed a National Monument.