A monastery for nuns was built by St Abban for St Gobnata. St Gobnata and the ruined church were still being venerated in the 18thc. The nunnery may have been founded in the 6th or 7thc. and is unlikely to have existed after c.1172 (Gwynn and Hadcock, 1970, 313).
Human head corbel set into the rubble wall of the E gable of the nave. Fairly worn but with features still distinguishable. The facial features are small and neatly carved. The head projects from the wall and is fully three-dimensional.
A. Gwynn and R.N. Hadcock,, Medieval Religious Houses, Ireland, Dublin, 1970, 313.
F. Henry, ‘The Decorated Stones at Ballyvourney’, JCHAS, 112, no.185, 1952.
M. Killanin and M. Duignan, The Shell Guide to Ireland, London, 1962, 3rd ed. 1989, 365.
D. O hEaluighthe, ‘St Gobnat of Ballyvourney’, JCHAS, 57, 1952, 43-61.
M.J. O’Kelly, ‘St. Gobnat’s House, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork’, JCHAS, 57, 1952, 18-40.
D. Power et al , Archaeological Inventory of Co. Cork, Vol. III, Dublin, 1997, 378.