Kilcorney

Feature Sets (3)

Description

Ruined nave and chancel,11.58m x 6.4m and 5.18m x 4.72m respectively (Westropp), with only low sections of wall remaining. E gable fallen leaving only base of E window. No features of interest remain in situ, but a carved Romanesque lintel stone lies in the churchyard to the S of the church. There is also a plain font.

History

There is no certain evidence about the founder of the church. The church was recorded in 1302.

Features

Furnishings

Fonts

Font

Lying in the nave. Square bowl with plain chamfered sides and a central drain hole, with a short square stem. The base is separate and similarly chamfered.

Dimensions
d. of base 0.52 m
d. of bowl 0.56 m
h. of base 0.15 m
h. of bowl 0.38 m
w. of base 0.52 m
w. of bowl 0.56 m

Loose Sculpture

Arcuated Lintel

The lintel lies in the churchyard S of the church (at the foot of the grave of John Davoren). It was recorded and drawn by Westropp (JRSAI, 1900, 421) as the head of the E window. The window arch is surmounted on the exterior by a triangular label with a projecting human head at the top (head projects approx. 0.05 m) The triangular gable contains an upright palmette and extends at the sides into foliage with long scalloped leaves, which curl up to frame the gable and human head. The exterior window opening is slightly recessed from a decorated label and has a slight splay at the sides. The rear arch is plain, round-headed and splayed

Dimensions

average d. of stone 0.20 m approx.
d. 0.25 m
h. 0.34 m
w. 0.75 m

Moulded jambstone

The jambstone is set in the ground to the S of the S doorway. It has mouldings of the profile roll-hollow-roll on the narrow face, and cavetto on the broad face, flanked by a narrow angle roll (damaged).

Dimensions

d. 0.24 m
h. 0.26 m
w. 0.65 m (minimum)

Comments/Opinions

Westropp (1900) dates the church to the 10thc. and the window to the 11thc. He refers also to fragments of a decorated S doorway. Keane describes the window arch already lying on the ground on the S side of the chancel in 1867. The window probably comes from the E gable and appears to be 12thc. The exterior decoration is similar to that of the E window of Inchicronan, but with the addition of a human head.

Bibliography

  • M. Keane, Towers and Temples of Ancient Ireland. Dublin 1867, 368.

  • A. Swinfen, Forgotten Stones; Ancient Church Sites of the Burren and Environs. Dublin 1992, 35.

  • T.J. Westropp, 'The Antiquities of the Northern Portion of the County of Clare' JRSAI, 30, (1900a), 420-21.

  • T.J. Westropp, 'The Churches of County Clare, and the origin of the ecclesiastical divisions in that county,' PRIA, 22 (1900b) 133.

Location

Site Location
Kilcorney
National Grid Reference
R 22 99 
Boundaries
now: Clare
Dedication
now:
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Church (ruin)  
Report authors
Tessa Garton