Kilbennan

Feature Sets (2)

Description

Early Christian site with round tower with plain round-headed doorway and ruined church of later date. One piece of Romanesque carved stone is preserved at the site.

History

The foundation of the monastery is attributed to St Benen or Benignus, a 5thc. saint. The annals record the burning of the settlement in 1114.

Features

Loose Sculpture

Voussoir

A voussoir, from the soffit of an arch. Located on sill of W window .

The voussoir is carved with angle rolls flanking a lozenge containing a rosette on the soffit. No trace of decoration on faces of voussoir.

Dimensions

approx. d. 0.20 m
approx. h. 0.28 m
approx. w. 0.25 m
w of soffit c. 0.28 m

Comments/Opinions

This voussoir is the only remaining trace of a Romanesque building that must once have occupied the site. Rosettes within lozenges are also found at Annaghdown (Galway), Killaloe Cathedral and Tomgraney (Clare).

Bibliography

  • Barrow, L., The Round Towers of Ireland, Dublin, 1979, 97.
  • Kelly, R.J., ‘Notes on the Round Tower of Kilbannon’ JRSAI, 31, 1901, 379-81.

Location

Site Location
Kilbennan
National Grid Reference
M 41 55 
Boundaries
now: Galway
Dedication
now:
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Ruined church and round tower  
Report authors
Tessa Garton