Owning

Parish Church

The old Parish Church at Owning, like the modern church, was dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The probable 12th century nave alone was the original church. Very little remains of the north and south walls of the nave and what does remain is buttressed. An arched window in the east gable of the nave is now part of the chancel arch. The chancel was added at a later date by a Lady named Henneberry from the nearby Ballyhenneberry castle. I would not recommend entering this part of the church, it is in a bad state of repair and quite dangerous looking. There is an opening in the south wall where a gothic trefoil doorway once stood. In the east gable of the chancel are the remains of both a rectangular and arched window, see bottom image.

Original east gable of the nave.

The truncated building to the left, in the image above, is a modern handball alley, the low walls of the nave are visible in the centre and to the right, is the ivy covered chancel. There are a large number of putlog holes visible around the chancel arch area.

Situated: From Piltown head north on the R698. After 1.5 K turn left, staying on the R698. Then 3.5 K turn right. Then right again at the church. The old church is on your right.

Discovery Map 75: S 4474 2643. Last visit July 2017.

Longitude: 7° 20' 34" W

Latitude: 52° 23' 16" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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