Romanesque doorway

Kilsheelan

Multi-period Church

Kilsheelan Church is beautifully situated on the northern banks of the river Suir, roughly 200 metres east of Kilsheelan motte. The building is in a ruinous state, so please heed the danger signs. The chancel, of which only part of the south wall and the west gable now remain, was pre-norman. The nave and chancel arch were added, to the west end of the chancel, in the 12th century. There is a richly carved Romanesque doorway in the north wall of the nave. The decoration is badly worn, see image below. It has been suggested the west gable of the nave was altered in the the 15th century, as it has a bellcote and an ogee headed window. A lovely site best viewed from a distance.

Bellcote and west gable of the nave

Worn sandstone capital

Situated: From Kilsheelan motte walk east along the south side of the road. The church is situated in a small graveyard about 200 metres from the motte.

Discovery Map 75: S 2875 2328. Last Visit: Apr 2018.

Longitude: 7° 34' 40" W

Latitude: 52° 21' 38" N

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Pics Jim Dempsey.

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