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Knights Templar Church
 

County

Limerick

Coordinates

N 52° 36' 01.6"   W 008° 58' 13.7"

Nearest town

Askeaton

Grid Ref.

R 34292 50305

Map No.

64

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

26

Date of visit

Thursday 13 September 2012

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The unusual tower seen from the northwest.


Very little is known about this unusual tower, apart that it was built in 1298 along with the now ruinous church, and that it was the bell tower of this church. The unusual feature is that it has a square plan at the base and gets octagonal halfway up, and has a crenellated top. The bell-cote still has the bell in its place.
The adjoining little church on the south (180°) side is in ruins but it still has some very interesting things inside, like the large slabs with the most known Catholic prayers.
A more modern church has been built in 1827 against the old ruins and is dedicated to St. Mary. This church is seldom open, but we were lucky enough to find it open for a wedding decorations, so we were invited in and allowed to have a look inside.


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