Multi-period Church

There are no annalistic records of the monastery at Drumcliff. It is traditionally believed to be associated with St Conald/St Connall. This fifteenth century church was built on the site of an earlier church and incorporates some features from that church. The orientation of the earlier church was probably different from this one, normally the west doorway would face the tower. A window from the earlier church is located in the west gable. Westropp suggests the south wall is probably 11th century and the arched doorway was inserted at a later date. There is a two light mullioned window in the east gable. The church and round tower are unusually situated on level ground half way up a steep hill.

Pictured above, from left to right are, the south facing doorway, the east window and one of the windows in the south wall.

Situated: From the N65 at Ennis go east at the Claureen Roundabout, toward the city centre. Take the first left signed Drumcliff Cemetery. The church is on the left in the old cemetery.

Discovery Map 58: R 3283 8013. Last visit July 2014.

Longitude: 8° 59' 51" W

Latitude: 52° 52' 5" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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