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New Church Church
 

County

Limerick

Coordinates

N 52° 30' 38.82"   W 008° 31' 39.3"

Nearest town

Bruff

Grid Ref.

R 64187 40064

Map No.

65

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

84

Date of visit

Friday 19 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The ruins of the church seen from the southwest.


In the 15th century the Earls of Desmond built a church here but two centuries later it was in a ruinous condition. The Countess of Bath restored the church in 1679 and added a bell cot. Probably this restoration gave the church the name of New Church. The Countess of Bath also presented a paten and chalice bearing the inscription "The guift of the Right Honourable Rachel Countess Dowager of Bath to her chapel-of-ease Logh Guir, Ireland 1679". She also donated a vestment, a pulpit cloth, a bible and a service book.
Anyway the church fell into ruin a few decades later.
The church is mainly plain, with an alignment to east (100°) and measures about 18 metres in length and 8 metres in width.
The east window is a pointed arch and once had two lights. In the south wall there are a small narrow window with a hood mould, a round-headed doorway and two wide openings on either side of it, likely former windows now disappeared.
On the north wall there are traces of a building now gone. This was probably a sacristy.
On the south wall there's also a plaque that says that the famous 17th century poet and harpist Thomas O'Connellan is buried here in an unmarked grave. The poet died in 1698 while he was guest at the Bourchiers Castle, which stands on the south shore of the north branch of Lough Gur. Another notable person buried here is the poet and historian Owen Bresnan who died in 1912.


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