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St Enda, Killeany, Clare

pre-1974 traditional (Republic of Ireland) Clare
now Clare
  • Rachel Moss

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Feature Sets

Late medieval nave and chancel church incorporating earlier E gable. There is a small quadrangular window in the N wall and three narrow lancets and a defaced pointed doorway in the S wall. In 1839 a high enclosure is recorded running from N to S along this wall with a doorway in the S, nothing of this now remains. The E window of the church appears to be late Romanesque.


Little is known of the early history of the foundation. The Annals of Lough Cé record the foundation of a church here in 1339. The building was in a ruinous state when it was sketched by Daniel Grose c.1792.


Exterior Features



The continuous architrave around the exterior of the window can be compared to the window designs of the so-called 'School of the West', suggesting an early 13thc. date.

L. de Paor, Chronological Problems of Irish Romanesque (Unpublished MA Thesis, UCD, 1956).
A. Swinfen, Forgotten Stones; Ancient Church Sites of the Burren and Environs. Dublin 1992, 50-51.
T.J. Westropp, 'Ancient Remains near Lisdoonvarna', Journal of the Limerick Field Club, Vol III, no.10 (1905-6), 44-49.