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Crosspatrick Church
 

County

Mayo

Coordinates

N 54° 11' 52.14"   W 009° 12' 09.06"

Nearest town

Killala

Grid Ref.

G 21534 28323

Map No.

24

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

25

Date of visit

Thursday 25 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The poor remains of the church are a bit more than an outline on the ground. The tallest part is the north (340°) gable. In the centre of the building is an altar tomb.


It is said that St. Patrick founded a church here. Of course the ruins that we see today are from a more recent church.
Not much of the church remains, just a piece of the south wall and east wall and most of the north gable. The church is aligned south-southeast to north-northwest (160°-340°). Inside the ruins an altar tomb has been erected.
Two interesting things draw the attention of the visitor, a beautiful medieval cross and a weird statue.
The cross has probably been reconstructed, the shaft doesn't seem to belong to the head that is in the Maltese style. There are no decorations on the cross.
The statue is of a man with his arms crossed on his chest, dressed in some kind of uniform. It seems he's leaning on a bottle-shaped support in his bottom. This support bears a Latin cross in bas-relief. The statue stands on a pedestal divided into two sections. The lower part is made of stone blocks, the upper part is a single block of stone with strange carvings on every side, both human and animal. A date and a name are also carved, 1880, T MULLOY.
In the surrounding graveyard there are other cross, some of them Maltese, and old grave slabs.


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