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Fyagh Church
 

County

Fermanagh

Coordinates

N 54° 18' 00.72"   W 007° 34' 30.18"

Nearest town

Maguiresbridge

Grid Ref.

H 27661 39133

Map No.

27

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

52

Date of visit

Wednesday 22 June 2016

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The ruins of the church are in a clearance among the trees. Seen from the southeast.


This ruined church stands in the townlands of Fyagh, which might take its name from the Ó Fiaich family who lived here as erenaghs in the 14th century until the Reformation under king Henry VIII. Before them, the area was known with the name of Aireach Brosca, later anglicised as Derrybrusk, which is still the name of the nearby townland.
The church dates to the 15th century, its approximate measures are 18 metres of length and 8 metres of width. It is aligned to the east (90°).
The building is broken into two separate sections.
The east one is the more ruined but also the more interesting because of its double light window finely carved and decorated with two human heads. There's also another human head protruding from the wall south of the window. Unfortunately the sandstone used to carve these heads has yielded to the time and elements and most of the details have gone.
There's the trace of a window in the southeast corner of this section, but only part of a jamb survives.
The west section has no doorway but there are four slit windows and traces of a vaulted structure once built against the inner side of the west wall.


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