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The Gallarus Oratory or "house or shelter for foreigner" , is a chapel located on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland. It has been presented variously as an early Christian stone church by its discoverer, antiquary Charles Smith, in 1756; a 12th-century Romanesque church by archaeologist Peter Harbison in 1970; a shelter for pilgrims by the same in 1994. The local tradition prevalent at the time of the oratory's discovery attributed it to one Griffith More, being a funerary chapel built by him or his family at their burial place.

There exist several interpretations as to the origin and meaning of the Irish placename Gallarus. Archaeologist Peter Harbison ventures the meaning to be something like "the house or shelter for foreigner" , the said foreigners being possibly "these pilgrims that have come from outside the Peninsula."


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