Ballymagir or Killag Parish Church

The medieval parish church of Killag has always been associated with the Devereux castle in the old norman manor of Ballymagir. It is believed locally that a tunnel runs from the church to the castle. It is reputed, the nave and chancel church, is dedicated to St Degumen/Decumen a Welsh saint from Pembrokeshire. The east and west gables survive to full height, but there is a large breech in the south wall and several gaps in the north wall of the nave. A damaged double bellcote sits on the top of the west gable with a single window below, see image below right.

South doorway

West gable

At the northern end of the east gable, pictured above, there is an aumbry, in the centre of the gable is a robbed out pointed window. At the east end of the south wall are remains of a pointed piscina, pictured bottom left. In the south wall is a lovely pointed doorway and the rectangular window pictured below. Four fragments of a wall plaque/armorial stone, bearing crests connected to the Walsh, Whitty and Devereux families were discovered recently, but I failed to locate them. I will definitely search for them again, on my next trip to Kilmore Quay.

Window, south wall

From the southeast

Situated: From the roundabout in Kilmore Quay take the road NW signed for Wellington Bridge. After a few kilmetres take a left turn for Duncormick. The church is a few hundred metres down here on your left, back from the road. I parked beyond the church and walked back.

Discovery Map 77. S 9583 0665. Last visit Feb 2019.

Longitude: 6° 35' 53" W

Latitude: 52° 12' 13" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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