Kilrush Church

This Pre-Romanesque church proved a little tricky to find as it is not marked correctly on the OS Map. After asking a few locals we were delighted to eventually find the church in a quiet cul-de-sac off the North Circular Road. Although the rectangular building has few features, I felt a great sense of awe as I admired the stonework around the west doorway - the stonemasons never fail to amaze me with their craftsmanship. The church probably dates to the 10th century, but the window in the south wall dates to the 15th century. It was removed from a Franciscan church on Mary Street and finally inserted into the wall c.1900. There is a steel support propping up the west gable.

15th century window with inscription

West gable window

Situated:Take the N18 north over the Shannon. then take first right and then first left onto North Circular Road, after a kilometre you will come to the cul-de-sac on your right.

Discovery Map 65: R 5568 5682. Last visit April 2012.

Longitude: 8° 39' 18" W

Latitude: 52° 39' 39" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

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