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Ullard Church
 

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Kilkenny

Coordinates

N 52° 34' 48.4"   W 006° 55' 58.9"

Nearest town

Borris

Grid Ref.

S 72377 48136

Map No.

68

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

53

Date of visit

Friday 28 May 2010

GPS Accuracy (m)

7
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The church seen from the small car park.


Second visit to this wonderful little church after the one on September 26th, 2003. The church has a lovely three-order Romanesque doorway with fine and almost perfect and compact proportions. The keystone of the middle arch of the doorway was a carved head, but it's completely worn out today. The rest of the arches have no particular decorations. Above the doorway there's a small window and right above it there's a small square carved slab representing two human figures.
Inside the church there's nothing noticeable apart from two fine recesses in the south wall of the chancel, probably used to store sacred vessels during the mass.
This little church is oriented northeast-southwest (70°-250°).
The building sits on a sloping ground and a vault has been built under the floor of the northeast part of the church to compensate for the difference of level of the ground.
On the rear side of the church, against the northeast wall, there's a more modern enclosure, built in concrete, that really resembles a squash court. This was the impression we had on the first visit nine years ago, and this is the impression we had this time. Actually we recently found out that this is one of the hundreds of handball alleys scattered all over Ireland. That's crazy and profaning.


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