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Kilbunny Church
 

County

Waterford

Coordinates

N 52° 16' 17.4"   W 007° 17' 39.9"

Nearest town

Portlaw

Grid Ref.

S 48216 13496

Map No.

75

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

13

Date of visit

Sunday 30 May 2010

GPS Accuracy (m)

6
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The Kilbunny church seen from the west.


Outside the town of Portlaw is a 8th century church dedicated to St. Munna. The building is in ruin, but still has a very attractive feature, an 11th century Irish-Romanesque doorway facing west (255°). Opposite the doorway there's the stone altar.
The funny name of Kilbunny derives from the wrong transliteration of the name Munna (Cill Mo Mhunna, the church of Munna), the saint titular of the church, who was abbot and bishop.
Inside the church we should have found a slab which celebrates St. Munna as a bishop. We only found two old broken stone slabs, with no visible inscription on them.
Above the doorway an animal head protrudes from the wall. It looks like a horse head, but it may have been a dragon or some other mythological animal.
On the ground, both sides of the doorway, are two bullaun stones.
The height of the north side wall decreases from the west to the east.


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