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St. Annine's Church
 

County

Galway

Coordinates

N 53° 22' 59.1"   W 009° 13' 07.56"

Nearest town

Oughterard

Grid Ref.

M 18917 37682

Map No.

45

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

18

Date of visit

Tuesday 11 June 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The graveyard and the ruins of the churches seen from the north-northwest.


On the northeast side of Lough Corrib are this old and ruinous church and graveyard dedicated to St. Annine's and another religious building. The complex is enclosed within an irregularly shaped stone enclosure.
The main and older church is aligned to the east-southeast (105°). Its north wall is gone, the west gable and the south wall are very overgrown. The east gable is clear from the vegetation and to its full height, with a rectangular splayed window and the remains of an altar below the window. It seems there was a semi-arched window in the south wall next to the altar, but it must have been walled up some time in the past. Another tall and wide window was halfway in the length of the south wall.

Another more recent and smaller church was built to the south of the main church and aligned to the south-southwest (195°). This church is more intact and still retains much of the plaster on the inner walls. There's a round headed doorway in the west wall, a niche for the piscina next to it, and two arched mullioned windows on either sides of the altar which is against the south-southwest wall. On the wall above the altar is a large memorial plaque with an elegant and long inscription which remembers Anthony Martin FitzRichard, who died on May 1st, 1748, aged 64. In the middle of the floor is a crypt, with a few stone steps going down to a barrel-vaulted chamber. Lots of debris and stone fragments have been left inside this chamber.


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