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Ruan Church
 

County

Clare

Coordinates

N 52° 55' 41.1"   W 008° 59' 24.24"

Nearest town

Ruan

Grid Ref.

R 33432 86823

Map No.

58

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

25

Date of visit

Tuesday 12 June 2018

GPS Accuracy (m)

2
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The ruins of the church in the churchyard in Ruan.


In the small town of Ruan there are the ruins of a church in the modern graveyard.

It's a single nave church, with the north wall totally missing. It measures about 17 metres long and 6 metres wide. In the east (100°) wall there are the remains of a narrow two-light window. The west gable is blind. There's a pointed arch doorway at the west end of the south wall. It seems that another door was at the east end of the same wall, but the opening in the wall has been boarded up.

Next to the south doorway there's a chapel projecting towards the south. It is 5.80 metres long and 5 metres wide. Its doorway in the east wall is similar to the one in the south wall of the church.
On the north wall of the chapel there's a memorial slab with the inscription: "This Chapel and tomb were erected by Donnogh O’Kerine, the son of Dermot O’Kerine of Owan, for him and his posterities use in the year of our Lord God, 1688."

Other interesting items in the same graveyard are the huge mausoleum to the north of the church and a low block of stones to the west of the church. These stones might look like an old altar.

In the field, southwest from the church, is a standing stone. I asked the permission to visit the standing stone too, but the unfriendly people of Ruan weren't of any assistance.


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