Camma

Feature Sets (2)

Description

A ruined, single-cell church. Romanesque sculpture is found on the exterior E window.

History

Gwynne and Hadcock list Camma as an early monastery for nuns in an appendix of early sites, thought to have existed before the 11thc.

Killanin and Duignan note that the church is on the site of 'Cammach Brighde, one of the principle monasteries of Ui Maine.'

Features

Exterior Features

Windows

E window

A double, pointed window of two orders

First order

Plain, recessed, coursed between the windows.

Second order

The remains of detached shafts rest directly on a very damaged projecting sill. The remaining shaft fragments are lying loose inside the church. Each shaft may have rested on a base integral with the sill, but only the central base is now readily readable and appears to take the form of an inverted cushion capital. The jambs have very damaged remains of integral shaft supports which indicate that the shafts would have been in three short sections. The capitals are round with necking and are integral with the masonry of the jambs.

L capital: a series of four palmettes separated by slender stems terminating in bowed leaves.

C capital: multiscallop, with short cones and plain shields.

R capital: stiff-leaf type, with flattened foliage. Very weathered.

The double arch, joining over the central capital, comprises a thick double-chamfered roll.

There are substantial cement repairs to the arches.

Interior

The two windows are contained within a large, ashlar-lined splay, framed by slightly recessed, continous mouldings comprising a half-roll flanked by a wedge.

Comments/Opinions

Killanin and Duignan record Camma as a simple, early church with transitional and later additions.

Bibliography

  • A. Gwynn and R.N. Hadcock, Medieval Religious Houses: Ireland, 1970, London, 375.

  • M. Killanin and M. Duignan, The Shell Guide to Ireland. London, 1962, 2nd ed. 1967, 125.

Location

Site Location
Camma
National Grid Reference
 
Boundaries
now: Roscommon
Dedication
now:
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Church (ruin)  
Report authors
Hazel Gardiner