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St. Selskar's Priory Church
 

County

Wexford

Coordinates

N 52° 20' 28.9"   W 006° 27' 58.0"

Nearest town

Wexford

Grid Ref.

T 04590 22140

Map No.

77

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

16

Date of visit

Thursday 13 June 2013

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The ruins of the priory seen from Tower Court, at northwest from the abbey. A double gable and two windows can be seen from this side.


This priory was founded in the 12th century for the Canons Regular of St. Augustine, under the patronage of the Roche family, and was dedicated to the Saints Peter and Paul.
A local tradition, though, has it that the church was founded by a lady who believed that his husband had been killed on his way to the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem during the Crusades. When he returned alive she had become a nun, so he retired to a monastery himself.
Today only the church survives. The square tower dates from the 14th century, the nave might have been built in 15th century. In the 19th century a Protestant church was built on the chancel site, but it was soon abandoned.
The chancel looks east-northeast (75°).
Unfortunately the gates were closed when we arrived. The gates open once a day at 3 pm, except on Sundays.


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