Looking west


Late Medieval Church

The medieval parish church in Patrickswell was a wonderful bonus on my trip to St Patrick's holy well. Located just south of the well this 13 metre long rectangular church is constructed from limestone and sandstone. It is believed the Abbot of the nearby Inislaunaght Abbey was interred here in 1617. It is thought that the only remains of the abbey are the architectural fragments displayed inside the church. There is a very nice two light ogee-headed window in the east wall, a single light ogee-headed one in the north wall, two more single lights in the south wall and a flat-headed single -light above the western doorway.

Pictured above is the exterior sandstone door hood with the east gable interior the background. One of the jambstones bears romanesque decoration in the form of a chevron with beading. Inside the church there is a 17th century armorial plaque taken from the White memorial chapel at St Mary's in Clonmel, and an altar-tomb to the White family, also from Clonmel. The altar tomb bears a crucifixion scene. It is believed the church was in use up until the 18th century.

Two-light window in the east gable

The White family altar-tomb

Situated: From Clonmel head west on the N24 for about 5 kilometres before taking a left turn signposted Marlfield. The holy well is 400 metres down here on your right.

Discovery Map 74: S 1685 2289. Last visit June 2015.

Longitude: 7° 45' 9" W

Latitude: 52° 21' 27" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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