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Clones Abbey Church
 

County

Monaghan

Coordinates

N 54° 10' 40.92"   W 007° 13' 51.9"

Nearest town

Clones

Grid Ref.

H 50198 25727

Map No.

27

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

62

Date of visit

Wednesday 22 June 2016

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The west wall of Clones Abbey is the only still intact. The doorway is perfectly rounded.


St. Tigernach, or Tierney, whose sarcophagus is nearby Clones Round Tower, founded a monastery in Clones in the 6th century.
This church, built in the 12th century, was part of the monastery and was dedicated to St. Peter and Paul, though it's locally known as the "Wee Abbey".
The building measures 12.80 metres in length and 6.10 metres in width and is aligned to the east (90°).
The west wall is the only one at full height. The western half of the south wall is still intact with a beautiful round headed window. The splaying of the window is made with red sandstone, the outer head of the window has been cut out of a single block of stone. All the remaining walls are not more than 1 metre tall.
In the southwest corner of the nave is a nice stone cross with a very weathered inscription, it measures 97 centimetres of height and is 68 centimetres wide at the arms.
On the opposite wall there's the head of a 18th century stone cross coming from the surrounding graveyard and mounted on a stone corbel. Other similar crosses with the same folk-art motifs and symbols are in the graveyard.

We came here for the first time on May 10th, 2000.


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