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Ardskeagh Church, Ardskeagh, Cork

(52°19′49″N, 8°37′53″W)
R 57 20
pre-1974 traditional (Republic of Ireland) Cork
now Cork
medieval Cloyne
now Cloyne
medieval St Michael
  • Tessa Garton

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Feature Sets

Small ruined church, with walls remaining to a height of approximately 1 m. The internal measurements are approximately 12 m x 6.5 m.


Founded by St Sciath c.550 as a nunnery. The present church was built in the early 12thc. and dedicated to St Michael. The church is mentioned in the Papal Taxation of 1302. In 1591 it was already described as a ‘locus desertus’ (JCHAS, 1892).


Exterior Features




The doorway and window probably date from the early 12thc. O’Keeffe (1998, 121) links the stepped base of the architrave to the pediment at nearby Ballyhay, suggesting a strong conceptual link between the two monuments. He also relates the design to other examples of simple, round-arched doorways in north Cork at Killeenemer and Britway.


‘Historical and Topographical Notes etc. ; Ardskeagh’, JCHAS, 1, 1892, 72-77.

Killanin, M., and Duignan, M, Shell Guide to Ireland, 1962, 3rd ed. 1989, 273.

T. O’Keeffe, ‘Architectural Traditions of the Early Medieval Church in Munster’ in Monk, M. and Sheehan, J., (eds.) Early Medieval Munster; Archaeology, History and Society, Cork, 1998, 112-124.

D. Power et al., Archaeological Inventory of Cork, IV, Dublin, 2000, pt. 2, 552.