Kilbunny Church and Bullaun Stones

Kilbunny Church (Cill Mo Mhunna), Church of St Munna, is said to be an 8th century structure with an 11th century Romanesque doorway. The small parish church is roughly 8.5 metres long by 5 metres wide internally. The north and south walls are sloping from about 2.5 metres at the west end to about 1.3 metres at the east end. An altar has been built onto the south wall. The inclined jams of the doorway each bear carved capitals. There is a worn head on the north capital, and the head of a ram on the south capital. I didn't notice the rams head until I inspected my photos.

Entrance interior

Worn head on the north capital

The round sandstone arch, which has been inaccurately restored, bears three rows of pointed chevrons and hood-moulding. A corbel stone on the north side of the doorway bears a carved animal head, see image above. A similar corbel on the south side is now missing. I


Coolfinn Bullaun Stones

One of the first things you notice as you approach the church, are the two large bullaun stones situated on either side of the doorway. The oval shaped stone on the north side, the largest of the two. It is almost a metre in length with a large tear shaped bullaun. The southern stone has a single, oval shaped, bullaun. I would strongly recommend a visit to this small but quite adorable church. The bullaun stones are an added bonus. The church stands within a small rectangular graveyard. Some other interesting fragments have been removed from the site, including a 16th/17th century effigy of a bishop.

Situated: From Portlaw in Waterford, head south on Queen Street Lower. Then turn left onto Coolfin Meadows. After 1.7 Kilometres turn right. The church is two hundred metres down here on your left.

Discovery Map 75. S 4816 1354. Last visit Apr 2018.

Longitude: 7° 17' 39" W

Latitude: 52° 16' 18" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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