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Killevy Church
 

County

Armagh

Coordinates

N 54° 08' 13.8"   W 006° 24' 32.1"

Nearest town

Newry

Grid Ref.

J 04041 22068

Map No.

29

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

166

Date of visit

Tuesday 19 May 2009

GPS Accuracy (m)

7
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The two joined churches seen from the north. The west church is much smaller that the east one.


Actually at this site there are two churches joined together along the east-west axis. The west church is the only surviving pre-Norman church in the whole county Armagh. The east church dates probably from 15th century.
Originally it was a convent, founded in the 5th century by St. Moninna, who lived here until her death in 518 AD. For about 700 years it was a house for nuns, then, in the 12th century, it became a convent for Augustinian nuns, until it was dissolved in 1542.
A drawing of 1609 shows that this place had a round tower, but it was blown down during a storm in 1768.
St. Moninna is buried in the adjacent cemetery and her grave is still visible after 1500 years.


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