- Site Location
- National Grid Reference
- 11M 41 55
- not confirmed
- Type of building/monument
- Church (ruin) and round tower
II General Description
Early Christian site with round tower with plain round-headed doorway and ruined church of later date. One piece of Romanesque carved stone is preserved at the site.
VI Loose Sculpture
A voussoir, from the soffit of an arch. Located on sill of W window .
The voussoir is carved with angle rolls flanking a lozenge containing a rosette on the soffit. No trace of decoration on faces of voussoir.
|approx. h.||0.28 m|
|approx. w.||0.25 m|
|approx. d.||0.20 m|
|w of soffit||c. 0.28 m|
The foundation of the monastery is attributed to St Benen or Benignus, a 5thc. saint. The annals record the burning of the settlement in 1114.
This voussoir is the only remaining trace of a Romanesque building that must once have occupied the site. Rosettes within lozenges are also found at Annaghdown (Galway), Killaloe Cathedral and Tomgraney (Clare).
- Barrow, L., The Round Towers of Ireland, Dublin, 1979, 97.
- Kelly, R.J., ‘Notes on the Round Tower of Kilbannon’ JRSAI, 31, 1901, 379-81.