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Killovarnogue Oratory
 

County

Kerry

Coordinates

N 51° 57' 11.1"   W 010° 13' 20.4"

Nearest town

Cahersiveen

Grid Ref.

V 47022 80229

Map No.

83

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

22

Date of visit

Wednesday 15 June 2016

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The overgrown building in the overgrown graveyard.


Just outside Cahersiveen, to the north of the town, right across the estuary of River Fertha, is an old graveyard with both old and recent burials.
In the middle of the graveyard there are the poor ruins of an ancient oratory, but all that remains is the outline of a small building which is completely overgrown, as most of the graveyard, and a plane tree is growing in the middle of the ruins.
The oratory measures about 3.90 metres x 3.30 metres of width internally and has a lintelled doorway in the west (260°) wall. The passage is 55 centimetres wide, 90 centimetres high and 1.40 metres long, and this also the thickness of the walls that are wider at the base.
Unfortunately I have found no details or information about it, though it is likely that it dates to the 9th century.


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