Ref: K002

Killybegs Demesne

Townland: Killybegs Demense Parish: Carragh (Killybegs)
Denomination: RC Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) 
Grid Ref: 284488(E), 225799(N) Status: Open
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B13-09 Medieval Church Ruins Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD013-019003
Boundary Treatment: Ditch and bank. The bank is surrounded by a modern wire fence.
Natural Heritage Details: 1-5 mature and 1-5 young trees dispersed throughout the enclosure; full coverage by mown grass; lichens visible on 95% of headstones; limited ivy cover on church ruin.
Description: K002 is located in a rural setting. It and the associated church are marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map, though the church is described as being in ruins on the latter map. The site is accessed via a gate and adjacent style in the middle of the southern boundary. There are no internal pathways, but the ground surface is quite even and the grass is relatively short. The church ruin stands in the middle of the enclosure. The church contains 19th and 20th century burials. The burial area is surrounded by a shallow ditch and a low bank. Gravestones date from 18th-21st century, but most are 19th and 20th century.
Appraisal: The site, which is moderately maintained is of considerable archaeological and architectural interest. The eastern and western walls of a medieval parish church are in good condition, but the northern and southern walls are damaged at the west end. There is little vegetative growth on the church. Gravestones are in variable condition. More than half are worn down to stumps. Of the upstanding, unworn gravestones many are legible. The boundary is in good condition.

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