East Face

Carrick-on-Bannow

Bannow Romanesque Font

This superb example of late 12th century Romanesque sculpture was moved to here from the medieval church at Bannow in County Wexford. Bannow Bay was the landing point of the Anglo-Normans in 1169. The whitewashed font stands 860mm high was probably carved from three pieces of dundry stone. All four sides of the top are beautifully decorated. The east and west sides bear the same design with a decorative band framing the outside. The front of the font, pictured below, bears an elaborate fleurs-de-lis surrounded with the same decorative band. The font was moved to here for preservation in the 19th century. There is another 12th/13th century romanesque font, bearing similar motifs, at Fethard-on-Sea, County Wexford.

Situated: St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Carrick-on-Bannow.

Discovery Map 77: S 8660 1055. Last visit June 2016.

Longitude: 6° 43' 56" W

Latitude: 52° 14' 24" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey

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