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Kill Church
 

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Mayo

Coordinates

N 53° 32' 22.86"   W 009° 06' 45.42"

Nearest town

Kilmaine

Grid Ref.

M 26251 54992

Map No.

38

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

45

Date of visit

Monday 10 June 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

4
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The ruins far away seen from the northeast.


Not much remains of the Kill Abbey, but what remains is fascinating. The ruins retain a magic atmosphere and give the visitors a sense of peace.
Only the west gable with a nice lintelled doorway and an ogee window, the south wall and transept still survive and gives the impression of what once this church could have been. The transept has a beautiful double trefoil window in the south wall. Another similar window is in the east wall of the transept, but this one is in worse condition.
A wide rounded archway gives access to the south transept from the nave of the church.
The north transept is faintly visible, the east section of the church is gone.
To the north of the ruins there are the remains of a cloister with a few sad fragments of the west and north boundary walls.
The building is aligned to the east (80°).

On the outside of the south boundary wall there's a stone with a hole in it. The hole is large enough to fit a fist into it. The legend has it that if a person stands four metres away from the wall with their arm outstretched towards the wall, and walk towards it with their eyes closed, and can get their fist in the whole within three attempts, their wish will be granted.

A small graveyard is to the south of the ruins.

This church, along with Kilmaine Church, was one of the three churches that St. Patrick built during his visit to county Mayo.


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