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Kilvarnet Church
 

County

Sligo

Coordinates

N 54° 07' 40.2"   W 008° 36' 32.94"

Nearest town

Coolaney

Grid Ref.

G 60185 20038

Map No.

25

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

103

Date of visit

Saturday 8 June 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The ruins of the church in the old graveyard, seen from the south.


The name Kilvarnet comes from the Irish Cill Bhearnait meaning the "Church of Barnett (O'Hara)". The church is also known as Finlough Church.
There are few details on this church, but it is likely that it was built shortly before the Reformation of the Church under King Henry VIII in the 1540's.

Today the building is in total ruin and a sign warns the visitors that the site is dangerous.
The building is weirdly aligned to the northeast (60°). Only the southwest wall survives at its full height, though completely covered with ivy. The southeast wall is the second highest wall in the building, followed by the northeast and the northwest walls.
In the northeast wall two narrow windows can be seen. A semi-arched doorway is in the southeast wall, which has a buttress visible in the south corner. I suppose that another similar buttress is in the east corner, but the vegetation hides it.
Within the ruins there are several burials. A wonderful piscina can be seen in the south wall towards the altar site.


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