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St Mary, New Ross, Wexford

(52°23′24″N, 6°56′35″W)
New Ross
S 72 27
pre-1974 traditional (Republic of Ireland) Wexford
now Wexford
  • Tessa Garton

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Feature Sets

The 13thc. church had a nave, chancel and transepts. A 19thc. church is now on the site of the nave and crossing, while the transepts and chancel are ruinous.


The church was founded between 1207 and 1220 by William, Earl Marshall and his wife Isabella.


Loose Sculpture


The S doorway of the chancel has a very weathered and damaged scalloped capital on the W, which evidently belongs to the 13thc. church. The loose capital probably also comes from the early 13thc. church. The decoration of the capital, with triskele and foliage in the shields, is similar to the capitals of the Romanesque doorway in Killaloe Cathedral (c.1200) and a loose capital at Kyle (Laois).

A. Gwynn, and R. N. Hadcock, Medieval Religious Houses, Ireland, London 1970, 361.
A. Conway, An Undiscovered Treasure; St Mary's, New Ross, Co. Wexford (Unpublished BA Dissertation, University of Dublin, 1997)
H. G. Leask, Irish Churches and Monastic Buildings, Dundalk, 1966, II, 85.
M. Moore, Archaeological Inventory of Co. Wexford, Dublin , 1996, 158.
T.Garton, 'A Romanesque Doorway at Killaloe', Journal of the British Archaeological Association, 134, 1981, 46.