Kilrush Church

This small 7.25 metre long church may have been the parish church of Kilrush. It is certainly an early structure. The church stands within a subrectangular graveyard. This graveyard was the location for burials of people from the Workhouse in Dungarvan. The famine graveyard Reilig An tSléibhe, was established later. I was a little disappointed with the condition of the church, only three of the wall survive and the doorway in the west gable has been destroyed. A medieval sandstone sarcophagus has been reused as a grave-marker and placed upright to the west of the doorway. An ogham stone found within the church is now missing. Kilrush bullaun stone can be found inserted in a wall to the southwest of the graveyard.

West gable

The medieval sarcophagus

Situated:Travelling west on the N25 through Dungarvan turn right onto the R672. After c.400 metres take the first right turn onto a small road. About 100 metres down here on your right is an iron gate that leads to the church.

Discovery Map 82. X 2471 9373. Last visit Sept 2019.

Longitude: 7° 38' 22" W

Latitude: 52° 5' 42" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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