Aughagower is said to have been visited by St. Patrick, on his journey to Croagh Patrick. Aughagower lies mid-way along Tóchar Phádraig, formerly a part of the royal processional route from Croaghan (the ancient capital of Connaught), and later an important pilgrimage route from Ballintubber Abbey to Croagh Patrick. St Patrick is said to have founded the monastery here and made St. Senach bishop. The ruins of a medieval church adjoins the graveyard of the town's modern religious institution. It has a well preserved tenth century round tower, with the exception of its topmost section and capstone. The tower was built between 973 and 1013. According to legend, the capstone was struck by lightning, and landed half a mile away on the hill of Tavenish. A local woman is said to have carried the heavy cap stone in her apron to the church where it still remains today.
Behind the church, to the northeast, there are two holy wells, now dried up. Along the front of the wall of the holy well across from the bar there is a very small Sheela na Gig embedded into the stonework. Because it is so tiny (10cm x 10cm) and due to the rough stone and arrangement of lichen growth, it is difficult to spot.
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6km southeast of Westport
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