- Site Location
- National Grid Reference
- not confirmed
- Type of building/monument
II General Description
Small nave (14.32m x 5.74m) and chancel (6.7 m x 4.39 m) church. The W facade has antae and a flat-headed W doorway with inclined jambs and a cross in relief on the lintel. The chancel was added in the 12thc., and an out-building, possibly the sacristy (2.84 m x 2.38 m), was added later, probably in the 15th-16thc.
III Exterior Features
(i) E window, chancel
Round-headed with recessed square moulding on exterior. The interior is splayed.
The church was an ancient foundation dedicated to St Bronndan. It was recorded as a prebendal church as far back as 1300. According to local tradition the church continued in use as a Catholic chapel up to the defeat of Edward Fitzgerald at the Battle of Aughrim in 1691.
The exterior mouldings of the E window are similar to those at St Mary, Ferns (Wexford). Leask considers the nave to have been originally about 9.14 m in internal length before its extension eastwards.
- W. Carrigan, The History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory, Dublin, 1905, iv.
- H. S. Crawford, Notes on the church of Cloone or Cloneamery, Co. Kilkenny, JRSAI, 55, 1925, 54.
- H. G. Leask, Irish Churches and Monastic Buildings, I, Dundalk, 1955, 70.
- J. J. Hughes, 'Clonamery Church', Old Kilkenny Review, 9, 1956-7, 27-31.
- A. Gwynn, and R. N. Hadcock, Medieval Religious Houses, Ireland, London, 1970, 376.