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Ballylarkin Church
 

County

Kilkenny

Coordinates

N 52° 43' 22.3"   W 007° 25' 39.7"

Nearest town

Freshford

Grid Ref.

S 38720 63642

Map No.

60

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

124

Date of visit

Tuesday 2 June 2009

GPS Accuracy (m)

5
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Seen from the west.


Ths Ballylarkin church is a small church built in the 13th century. Locally it is known as an abbey, but actually it was a parish church. The fact that it has a parapect, a protected wall-walk on the roof and only one small doorway on the north side of the building suggests that this church had the need of defending the place from the attacks of some invaders or enemies.
Inside the church there's a fine example of sedilia, probably based on the design of the sedilia found in the Callan Friary.
On the walls of this church there was one of the finest sheela-na-gigs of all Ireland, but it was moved to the National Museum in Dublin.


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