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Old Moycullen Church
 

County

Galway

Coordinates

N 53° 20' 31.98"   W 009° 09' 24.06"

Nearest town

Oughterard

Grid Ref.

M 22974 33068

Map No.

45

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

13

Date of visit

Tuesday 11 June 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The nice slab on the right gatepost of the graveyard with the Irish term "An tSean Reilig", with the carving of a Latin cross, an axe, a horse-shoe and a man ploughing. These recall the tradition of the Vocational Stones within the graveyard.


The church and the graveyard at Moycullen date back to the 14th century and were an addition to the Moycullen Castle nearby.
Originally the church was known with the name of Teampall Bhreandáin in honor of the patron saint of the diocese of Annaghdown. It is enclosed in a semi-circular graveyard with very ancient headstones, some of them date to the 1670's. There are a number of Vocational Stones, grave slabs that bear the symbols of the deceased's occupation, though I was able to locate only one of them. The graveyard was in use till 1933. The entrance of the graveyard has a nice modern slab on the right gatepost with the Irish term "An tSean Reilig", with the carving of a Latin cross, an axe, a horse-shoe and a man ploughing, thus recalling the presence of the Vocational Stones within the graveyard.
The church measures about 18 metres of length and 9 of width, and is aligned to the east (95°).
Two interesting details in this church are the two carved heads high of both gables, dated from the 13th century, probably from a previous building. The two end gables are the only walls to their full height, the north wall is missing the upper half, the south wall is nearly totally missing.
A narrow, lintelled and splayed window is in the east wall, a smaller window is in the west wall.

A grotto is at the west end of the graveyard.


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