Home

Who
What
Where
When
Why
Agha Church
 

County

Carlow

Coordinates

N 52° 44' 05.5"   W 006° 55' 09.5"

Nearest town

Leighlinbridge

Grid Ref.

S 73052 65371

Map No.

61

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

91

Date of visit

Thursday 27 May 2010

GPS Accuracy (m)

7
Show Google Map              Show Monuments in the area

    
    
  
PREVIOUS      NEXT
The ruins of the church seen from the gate north of the field.


The ruins of this lovely church are located in the middle of a field, right behind a farm. The access we found was through a cattle gate on the road north of the building. This church has been described as one of the most wonderful examples of pre-Romanesque architecture in Ireland.
The history of this church is unclear, but it is mentioned in the life of St. Fintan, so it was probably built in the 7th century, and maybe was subordinated to the monastery of Clonenagh in county Laois. It was raided and destroyed by the Vikings in 866, but was later rebuilt.
What strikes the visitor is the absolutely uniformity of the masonry. All the stones used to build the walls are similar in size and shape and the lintels for the doorways and windows are finely squared.
Following recontructions and extensions to the east didn't mantain this perfection and this is visible in the east section of the south wall of the building and on the east wall itself.
The church measures 13 metres by 6 metres, it has a fine window on the east wall, a smaller window on the south wall and a doorway on the west wall. The north wall is missing. No details or decorations are visible and all the place is overgrown.
Six metres northwest from the church there's a holed stone lying in the grass, with nettles all around and through it.
A wonderful place indeed!


Browse by Monument Type
Browse by County
Browse by Date of Visit
Browse by Map Number

A-Z List

Clickable Counties
Clickable OS Maps Grid

Find a Map

Multimap

The days before GPS

The Stones in the Movies

Glossary
Links
Guestbook
FAQ

What's NEW?


Search


Site view counter: 7473230

Copyright © 2003-2018 Antonio D'Imperio
All the photos, the graphics and the texts on this website are automatically copyrighted to me under the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works 1886. Any violation of the copyright will be pursued according to the applicable laws.

info@irishstones.org

Powered by AxeCMS/CustomEngine(V0.25.00 build 999) by Sergio "Axeman" Lorenzetti. (C) 2009-2015

counter