St Mogua, Kilmoon

Feature Sets (2)

Description

A ruined church 15.8 m x 5.48 m (Westropp). An Early Christian church site, with 15thc additions to church. There is a holy well in a field to the SW of the church. Romanesque sculpture is found on a loose stone propped up against the wall of the well.

History

'Kilmugoun' listed in Papal taxation of 1302 (Westropp).

Features

Loose Sculpture

Rectangular shaft

At the top of one face is a projecting human head, with a slanting projection below. The L angle is chamfered.

Dimensions

d. incl. projecting head 0.30 m
h. 0.56 m
w. 0.23 m

Comments/Opinions

The style of the head suggests a 12thc date. The function of the stone is uncertain due to the unusual slanting projection on the face below the head, but it may be a jamb stone.

Bibliography

  • A. Swinfen, Forgotten Stones;Ancient Church Sites of the Burren and Environs. Dublin 1992, 72–4.

  • T. J. Westropp, 'The Churches of County Clare and the Origin of the Ecclesiastical divisions in that county.' Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 22 (1900), 132.

Location

Site Location
Kilmoon
National Grid Reference
M 15 00 
Boundaries
now: Clare
Dedication
now: St Mogua
medieval:
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Tessa Garton