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Killeadan Church
 

County

Mayo

Coordinates

N 53° 52' 47.8"   W 009° 00' 05.7"

Nearest town

Kiltimagh

Grid Ref.

M 34180 92732

Map No.

32

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

40

Date of visit

Saturday 8 September 2012

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The graveyard and the church at Killeadan seen from roughly the southeast.


In a small and forsaken graveyard near Kiltimagh there are the ruins of a small church, a chapel and an oratory.
The church measures 15.50 metres in length and 7.70 metres in width and has a plain structure. The chancel looks east-southeast (110°). It was built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style with a thatched roof and it was used as a parish church. In the 16th century it was destroyed by a fire and later it was rebuilt with some alterations, like the demolition and replacement of the south wall, while the Romanesque window was re-inserted using the original 12th century stones.
Outside the building, on the east-southeast side, there are three old and plain stone crosses.
About 8 metres to the east-southeast from the church there are the other two smaller buildings. The one on the right is a chapel, which measures 5.20 metres in length and 4.00 metres in width, but what remains today is the outline of the outer walls and the altar. It was built in 1779 by Father Thaddeus O'Flaherty who dedicated it to the Blessed Virgin Mary. On the front face of the altar there's a dedication stone slab. In front of the altar there's a gravestone that was probably part of a 13th century tomb.
Next to this very ruined and small chapel there's a rather intact building with a vaulted roof. I think this could have been an oratory, it is 5.00 metres long and 4.00 metres wide. It dates from the 12th century and probably replaced an 8th century building. It was partially rebuilt in the 1950's.

The first time we came here was on June 13th, 2001.


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