St Enda, Killeany

Feature Sets (2)


Late medieval nave and chancel church incorporating earlier E gable. There is a small quadrangular window in the N wall and three narrow lancets and a defaced pointed doorway in the S wall. In 1839 a high enclosure is recorded running from N to S along this wall with a doorway in the S, nothing of this now remains. The E window of the church appears to be late Romanesque.


Little is known of the early history of the foundation. The Annals of Lough Cé record the foundation of a church here in 1339. The building was in a ruinous state when it was sketched by Daniel Grose c.1792.


Exterior Features


E Window

Round-headed window with continuous keel moulding and chamfered architrave. Arch of window carved from single stone with interlaced snake on the N side. Internally the window has a plain splay.


The continuous architrave around the exterior of the window can be compared to the window designs of the so-called 'School of the West', suggesting an early 13thc. date.


  • L. de Paor, Chronological Problems of Irish Romanesque (Unpublished MA Thesis, UCD, 1956).
  • A. Swinfen, Forgotten Stones; Ancient Church Sites of the Burren and Environs. Dublin 1992, 50-51.
  • T.J. Westropp, 'Ancient Remains near Lisdoonvarna', Journal of the Limerick Field Club, Vol III, no.10 (1905-6), 44-49.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
now: Clare
now: St Enda
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Rachel Moss