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Kilronan Abbey Church
 

County

Roscommon

Coordinates

N 54° 03' 31.14"   W 008° 09' 15.36"

Nearest town

Keadew

Grid Ref.

G 89900 12178

Map No.

26

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

72

Date of visit

Saturday 8 June 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

4
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The ruins of the church among the tombs in the graveyard, seen from the northeast.


We came to visit this church for the first time on May 28th, 2009, but we didn't collect any note on the church and we focused mainly to the holy well nearby.

It is said that St. Ronan and his daughter St. Lasair founded an early church on this site in the 6th century. The ruins that we see today are of a church built in the 14th century by the O'Duignan family, using a 12th century Romanesque doorway from another church to be inserted in the south(ish) wall.
One of the members of the O'Duignan family, Peregrine, was one of the Four Masters, who wrote the Annals of Lough Key.
The church was burned down twice, and it was rebuilt after both events.
The building is aligned to the east-southeast (115°).

On the north(ish) side of the church is a crypt for the MacDermot Roe family, and in this crypt there's the burial place of the last Irish Bard, the famous blind harpist Turlough O'Carolan.

The Abbey was used by monks, one of whom is buried within the ruins. Details of his death are carved on a large flagstone which is still inside the Abbey wall.


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