Adare

Feature Sets (2)

Description

The former Augustinian friary is now a Church of Ireland parish church. The font is the only possibly Romanesque feature.

History

The Augustinian friary was founded c.1316 and adopted the Observant reform in 1472. The tower was added in the 15thc.

Features

Furnishings

Fonts

Font

Located under the tower, the font has a bulbous base of coarse granite carved with scale ornament, a modern conical stem and a circular multi-scallop/fluted bowl. The exterior of the cones/flutes are decorated alternately with diagonal ridges and upright palmettes. The palmettes have a central stem with pairs of simple rounded leaves. The cones/flutes rise above the rim of the bowl, giving a scalloped edge to the rim. Between the cones are hollow grooves. The basis is circular and hollow and has no drain hole.

Dimensions
diam. 0.55 m
diam. of base 0.50 m
h. of base 0.19 m
h. of bowl 0.28 m
internal diam. 0.33 m

Comments/Opinions

The font is evidently medieval, but of uncertain date, possibly 12thc or 13thc. The crude quality of the carving and the coarse granite used for the font bear no relationship to the much finer 14-15thc. limestone carving in the church, and the font does not appear to be part of original church fittings.

Bibliography

  • M. Killanin and M. Duignan, The Shell Guide to Ireland, London, 1962, 3rd ed. 1989, 36.

  • P. Harbison, Guide to the National and Historic Monuments of Ireland, (Dublin, 1992), 216.

Location

Site Location
Adare
National Grid Reference
R 47 46 
Boundaries
now: Limerick
Dedication
now:
medieval:
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
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