Aglish

Feature Sets (2)

Description

Only the E gable (6m wide internally) and returns of the N and S wall remain standing.

History

The church is recorded in the ecclesiastical taxation of 1302 as Gallis, presumably derived from Aglish-na-nGall, the church of the foreigners.  In 1588 Aglish was without an incumbent and the church property was sequested.

Features

Exterior Features

Windows

E window

Centrally positioned in the E gable is a two light window (recently blocked) set within an outer containing arch.  The central mullion is no longer in place.  The double light is chamfered externally. 

On the interior, the widely splayed round arch (2.31m x 1.39 m) has been recently enclosed by locked glass door to form a religious grotto.  A large statue of Christ now occupies the window niche.

Comments/Opinions

The two light window has been compared to the e. window at St Saviour's Glendalough (Power, 1898, 1938, de Paor, 1956) however, the external chamfer gives the Aglish window a far more sophisticated appearance than the simply shaped piece of shale used at Glendalough.  The Aglish window is probably late 12thc./early 13thc.

Bibliography

  • L. de Paor, Chronological Problems of Irish Romanesque Unpublished MA Thesis University College Dublin, 1956.

  • Michael Moore, ed., Archaeological Inventory of County Waterford, Dublin 1999.

  • P. Power, 'Some Ancient Churches in County Waterford' Waterford and South East Ireland Antiquarian Society, 4, (1898) 203-6.

  • P. Power, 'Some Old Churches of Decies' Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 68, (1938) 57-58.

Location

Site Location
Aglish
National Grid Reference
X 12 91 
Boundaries
pre-1994 traditional (Republic of Ireland): Waterford
now: Waterford
Diocese
now: Lismore
medieval: Lismore
Dedication
now:
medieval:
Type of building/monument
Church (ruin)  
Report authors
Rachel Moss 
Visit Date
16 Sept 1996