The several early Celtic settlements on the Island of Lough
Erne are all sited on the south east slopes near the water's edge. So on Devenish
the lovely Romanesque eleventh century stone Priory called "Teampall Mor" lies
close to the lough. Devenish was an ancient burial site of Irish kings. The
"Teampall Mor" grounds were much sought after as a place of burial. Among the
ruins are interesting grave slabs of the Maguires,
who where the local
rulers for many centuries.
The stone coffin of St. Molaise was found buried near the
building known as St. Molaise's House. It is known locally as the Wishing Bed or The
Saint's Bed and people lie down in it, repeat a prayer, make a wish or pray for healing.
On the corners St. Molaise's House are projecting pilasters
which show the remains of lovely Romanesque carving. It retained its high-pitched stone
roof until the eighteenth century, when the roof was removed and used as flagstones in the
Enniskillen Cathedral. The present ruin dates from the tenth century, built on the site of
St. Molaise's original stone house, which he preferred to the customary mud-and-wattle
bee-hive houses of this period.