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St. Finnian's Church
 

County

Carlow

Coordinates

N 52° 41' 06.48"   W 006° 46' 49.32"

Nearest town

Myshall

Grid Ref.

S 82461 60029

Map No.

61

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

115

Date of visit

Thursday 22 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The west wall is the only surviving section of the ancient church.


In the small town of Myshall there are the ruins of a 12th century church dedicated to St. Finnian.
Finnian was born in Myshall around 454 to Finntan, an Ulster man, and Telach, a Leinster woman. He was a student of Foirtcheirn, who was Bishop of Trim for a very few days before leaving on his mission to convert Ireland.
St. Finnian is known as the "Father and tutor of the Irish Saints".
Of the church almost nothing remains after the Cromwell's troops visited the town. The east, south and part of the north walls are only outlined on the ground. The west (275°) wall survives to almost its full height. In this wall there's a nice round-headed doorway.
The church is 11.85 metres long and 7.40 metres wide. The walls are 1.15 metres thick.

In the churchyard, to the west of the church, there's a stone with a double bullaun. Each of the hollows measures about 30 centimetres in diameter.

About 15 metres to the south, in the nearby park, there's St. Brigid's holy well.

This site wasn't in our list, we read about it on a local amenities guide.


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