Kilcredaun

Feature Sets (2)

Description

A small oratory, 23'7" x 15'7" (7.18 m x 4.75 m) (Westropp); ruined and ivy-covered, but with walls and gables standing to full height.  The W doorway is damaged but enough of the bases and inside L jamb survive to indicate an arched opening.  There are no carved or moulded stones on the jambs or arch apart from some ashlar springers on the interior R. Of rubble masonry apart from the ashlar E window.

History

Founded by Caritan, a friend of St Senan, c.550, and called 'Kilcharitain' in the Life of St Senan (Westropp).

Features

Exterior Features

Windows

E window

A plain, round-headed window with a wide interior splay of well-cut ashlar. Plain imposts. The exterior is overgrown, but no decoration or mouldings are evident on sill and lower jambs. The upper part of the exterior was hidden by ivy at the time of recording. 

Comments/Opinions

No Romanesque sculpture was visible in 1995, but the exterior of the E window is illustrated in Westropp, showing it to have two roll mouldings in the arch and a label decorated with scroll work (Pl. XI 6). 

Bibliography

  • T. J. Westropp, 'The Churches of County Clare, and the origin of the ecclesiastical divisions in that county', Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy,  22 (1900), 167, no.168.

Location

Site Location
Kilcredaun
National Grid Reference
Q 842 492 
Boundaries
medieval: Clare
now: Clare
Dedication
now:
medieval:
Type of building/monument
Oratory (ruin)  
Report authors
Tessa Garton 
Visit Date
21 April 1995