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Kilnamona Church
 

County

Clare

Coordinates

N 52° 51' 58.38"   W 009° 04' 53.4"

Nearest town

Ennis

Grid Ref.

R 27181 80027

Map No.

57

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

73

Date of visit

Friday 16 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The grassy path that leads to the enclosure with the ruins of the church.


On the gentle slope of a hill there are the ruins of a medieval church built in the second half of the 15th century. According to some records, the church was built by the O'Griffeys who also built a castle at Magowna so that they could dominate the area. Not much of the church survives today. Only the northeast (60°) wall stands to its full height, along with a segment of the southeast wall. A tall and narrow ogee window with a wide splay is in the northeast wall, along with another smaller and internally lintelled window in the segment of the southeast wall. The northwest and southwest walls are totally missing.

On the southeast side of the building, down on the hill slope, is an old graveyard. It seems that the graveyard sits where the original church and monastery founded in the 9th century was.
The original settlement was built on a boggy land by the Cineal Baith, a tribe migrated to county Clare from the southwest.
The original settlement gave the name to Kilnamona.

The medieval church was in use until the middle of the 17th century.

According to the map there should be two holy wells southwards from the church in the same land, Tobar Lachtin and Tobar na Taise, but we couldn't find them. The cold and rainy weather and the wet grass in the field weren't the best of the incentives to keep looking for them.


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