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Ruined church, Kilcorney, Clare

(53°2′10″N, 9°9′48″W)
R 22 99
pre-1974 traditional (Republic of Ireland) Clare
now Clare
medieval not confirmed
  • Tessa Garton

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Ruined nave and chancel,11.58m x 6.4m and 5.18m x 4.72m respectively (Westropp), with only low sections of wall remaining. E gable fallen leaving only base of E window. No features of interest remain in situ, but a carved Romanesque lintel stone lies in the churchyard to the S of the church. There is also a plain font.


There is no certain evidence about the founder of the church. The church was recorded in 1302.




Loose Sculpture


Westropp (1900) dates the church to the 10thc. and the window to the 11thc. He refers also to fragments of a decorated S doorway. Keane describes the window arch already lying on the ground on the S side of the chancel in 1867. The window probably comes from the E gable and appears to be 12thc. The exterior decoration is similar to that of the E window of Inchicronan, but with the addition of a human head.


M. Keane, Towers and Temples of Ancient Ireland. Dublin 1867, 368.

A. Swinfen, Forgotten Stones; Ancient Church Sites of the Burren and Environs. Dublin 1992, 35.

T.J. Westropp, 'The Antiquities of the Northern Portion of the County of Clare' JRSAI, 30, (1900a), 420-21.

T.J. Westropp, 'The Churches of County Clare, and the origin of the ecclesiastical divisions in that county,' PRIA, 22 (1900b) 133.