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Sheepstown Church
 

County

Kilkenny

Coordinates

N 52° 29' 05.0"   W 007° 14' 36.0"

Nearest town

Thomastown

Grid Ref.

S 51455 37277

Map No.

67

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

67

Date of visit

Thursday 21 June 2007

GPS Accuracy (m)

6
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The nave of the church seen from the west. High on the east wall, next to the small window, is the Fógra sign.


This parish church is 90 metres east of the road, on the grounds of a farm. To reach it I had to pass three electric fences and two hens.
It's dated from around 1200 and was dedicated to St. Muicín. Parish churches in Ireland were common in the 15th and 16th century, when the Irish Church was reorganised on a diocesan basis rather than on monastic basis. This church, though, is a very rare example of a parish church of the 13th century.
The building is small, it measures 15 metres in length and 7 metres in width.
The main doorway is on the west side, but there's a smaller doorway on the south side as well. There aren't decorations on the building except for four beaded mouldings on the four corners of the church. On the northwest corner of the building there's a corbel that the informative sign calls "The Clock Stone". One of the stones on the north wall carries a simple but beautiful decoration, but it's clear enough that it comes from a different site. This stone is broken and only a small part of the original carving can be seen here.


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