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Church of the Wounded Men, Inishcaltra, Clare

(52°54′54″N, 8°27′41″W)
R 69 85
pre-1974 traditional (Republic of Ireland)
now Clare
medieval Killaloe
now Killaloe
  • Tessa Garton

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Feature Sets

A small rectangular oratory or chapel, with three doors on N, W and S, and an altar against the E wall. There are square mouldings at the exterior angles.


The structure is possibly the remains of a 12thc. chapel or oratory, remodelled in the 17th-18thc. as a burial chapel for the O'Grady family (Talbot, 1990).


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration


The Romanesque fragments may come from St Caimin, Inishcealtra; the corbel table is identical to that on the S wall of the chancel of St Caimin. For further bibliography, see entry for St Caimin.


E. Talbot, 'The Church of the Wounded Men,' East Clare Heritage Journal, 2 (1990), 8-9.

G. Madden, Holy Island: Jewel of the Lough: A History. Tuamgraney 1990, 27-28.

R. Brash, 'Inishcaltra and its Remains,' The Gentleman's Magazine (January 1866), 7-22.

T.N. Westropp, 'The Churches of County Clare and the Origin of the Ecclesiastical divisions in that county,' PRIA, 22, (1900), 155-57.