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Court Abbey Church
 

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Sligo

Coordinates

N 54° 06' 43.56"   W 008° 40' 04.5"

Nearest town

Tubbercurry

Grid Ref.

G 56327 18323

Map No.

25

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

129

Date of visit

Saturday 8 June 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The overgrown ruins of the church in the graveyard, seen from the west.


The church on this site was built in 1454 for the community of Franciscan Third Order Regular.
The central tower and the south transept were added a century later. The east section of the church is totally missing, but the low walls remaining suggest that it was a very long church. The west section is completely overgrown. The tower misses part of the top on the northeast side. In the west (275°) wall there's a pointed arch doorway. The south transept is accessed through a beautiful archway. In the east wall of this transept there are two recesses today partly collapsed. These were altar recesses where the family of the persons buried in the transept would pray. To the right of each recess is a small quarter dome niche which were small piscinae. Between the two altar recesses there a small chamber within the wall. This chamber is hidden by a 1789 headstone, but it is still possible to look inside and see some human bones and fragments of a skull.

In the northwest corner of the chancel, against the central tower, the burial vault for the O'Hara family can be seen.
A large graveyard is on the south side of the ruins.

Outside the graveyard enclosure, to the east and the south, there are traces of an early settlement, with a circular enclosure and some possible field system.


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