Adamstown

Feature Sets (2)

Description

Later parish church set within an oval graveyard on the site of an earlier church, of which a single fragment has been recorded.

History

A monastery was founded on this site in the 5thc. by St Abban. The monastery, originally called Magh Arnaighe, appears never to have developed into an important foundation. It is not mentioned in any of the major annalistic sources.

Features

Loose Sculpture

Loose fragment

A Romanesque carved fragment, now missing, was recorded here by Leask in 1955. Identified by Leask as a piece of impost it was roughly 0.35 m in length and decorated on the chamfer with an angular fret motif.

Comments/Opinions

Leask's record of this piece is the only evidence of the existence of a Romanesque building on this site. An impost with comparable carving can be found built into one of the churches on Inishfallen island (Kerry).

Bibliography

  • E. Culleton, Celtic and Early Christian Wexford, Dublin, 1999, 203.

  • H. G. Leask, Irish Churches and Monastic Buildings, Dundalk, 1955, I, 163.

  • M. Moore, Archaeological Inventory of Co. Wexford, Dublin, 1996, 119.

Location

Site Location
Adamstown
National Grid Reference
S 87 28 
Boundaries
now: Wexford
medieval: Wexford
Diocese
now: Ferns
medieval: Ferns
Dedication
now:
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Fragment  
Report authors
Rachel Moss 
Visit Date
16 Sep 1996