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St. Manchan's Church
 

County

Offaly

Coordinates

N 53° 17' 34.9"   W 007° 44' 37.7"

Nearest town

Ballycumber

Grid Ref.

N 17135 26972

Map No.

48

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

59

Date of visit

Sunday 31 May 2009

GPS Accuracy (m)

6
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The ruins of the St. Manchan's church from the south.


Right outside the village of Lemanaghan there's a church in ruins, but with interesting details. It dates back from the 12th century, even though some parts were added in the 15th century, and it was built over the remains of a monastery founded by St. Manchan before his death during the plague of 664.
The oldest parts of this monastery are two grave slabs from the 9th or 10th century. One of the windows on the south wall of the building has two beautiful carvings. The one on the top left is a simple carving with celtic knots. The one on the top right is amazing and depicts a human figure and a fantastic creature that looks life a griffin. Around them there are nice celtic knots and a flower.
Walking 50 metres east you'll find a holy well related to this monastic site.


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