The graveyard is believed to be on the site of an Teampull Buí which was the main church of a former monastery on Tory.
An early Ordnance Survey map shows the remains of ‘St Columkille’s church’ in the southwest corner of the graveyard although no remains are visible today.
There are many traditions about Colmcille and Tory Island but there are no documents which confirm the stories. The first records of the island date from the 7th century.
Legend says that Colmcille came to Tory in the 6th century to convert the islanders to Christianity and that the waters of Tory Sound opened for him to pass safely from the mainland.
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