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Killagha

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Feature Sets (2)

Description

13thc. church with a single long nave, and some 15thc. details. Romanesque fragments have been reused in the internal masonry of the W doorway.

History

The Abbey was erected on the site of an older monastery of St Colman some time after 1216 by Geoffrey de Marisco for the Canons Regular of St Augustine. The Abbey was suppressed in 1576.

Features

Interior Features

Interior Decoration

Miscellaneous

Fragment

Chequered and striped stone, set near top of N jamb.

Dimensions
h. 0.23 m
w. 0.29 m

Fragment

Stone with zigzag (10 rows?), shallow carved, set in S jamb.

Dimensions
d. 0.20 m
h. 0.15 m
w. 0.58 m

Fragment

Diapered stone, set near bottom of N jamb.

Dimensions
h. 0.14 m
w. 0.38 m

Comments/Opinions

Carmody (1906) describes the W doorway as having jambstones 'torn out and removed'. The carved fragments are clearly reused in their present position, and are shallow carved and crude.

Bibliography

  • Carmody, Rev. J., ‘The Abbey of Killagha’, JRSAI, 36, 1906, 285-96.
  • Gwynn, A. and Hadcock, R.N., Medieval Religious Houses, Ireland,London, 1970, 182.
  • P. Harbison, , Guide to the National and Historic Monuments of Ireland, 1970, 116; 1992, 181.
  • H. G. Leask, Irish Churches and Monastic Buildings, 1960, III, 124.

Location

Site Location
Killagha
National Grid Reference
Q 82 01 
Boundaries
now: Kerry
Dedication
medieval: St Colman and Our Blessed Lady
now:
Type of building/monument
Ruined church, formerly Augustinian abbey  
Report authors
Tessa Garton