Kilbarry, St Berach

Feature Sets (2)

Description

The remnants of two or possibly three ruined churches survive within the local graveyard. No Romanesque sculpture survives on site, but recorded drawings indicate that there were Romanesque fragments here formerly.

History

Kilbarry was the site of an early Christian monastery, said to have been founded by St Berach in 615.

Features

Loose Sculpture

Carved fragment

The antiquarian, Daniel Grose, illustrated a rectangular block of stone with Romanesque carving on one face. In his drawing two lines of vertical beading frame an Irish-Urnes design, with two interlacing beasts entwined in figure of eight scrolls. The current whereabouts of this stone is not known. While it might have come from a freestanding cross, it is more likely to have been a piece of architectural sculpture.

Comments/Opinions

Bibliography

  • Daniel Grose, The Antiquities of Ireland, A Supplement to Francis Grose, edited and introduced by Roger Stalley¬† (Dublin, 1991), 204.

Location

Site Location
Kilbarry, St Berach
National Grid Reference
N 07 81 
Boundaries
pre-1994 traditional (Republic of Ireland): Roscommon
now: Roscommon
Diocese
now: Elphin
medieval: Elphin
Dedication
now:
medieval: St Berach
Type of building/monument
Fragment  
Report authors
Roger Stalley 
Visit Date
Missing