Ref: K015

Cloncurry Church

 
Townland: Cloncurry Parish: Ballyna (Cloncurry)
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 280267(E), 241315(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B04-06 Cloncurry Church Ruins and Mausoleum Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD004-021010 - graveyard
 
Boundary Treatment: stone wall
 
Natural Heritage Details: Mature maple, pine and ewe trees throughout; young trees along boundary; hedgerow along S and E boundary; overgrown in places; lichen on walls and headstones; ivy on walls and church.
 
Description: The graveyard is located in the village of Cloncurry and is surrounded by pasture fields. It is marked on the OS 1837 map as 'church' and 'graveyard'. The headstones date from the 18th-21st centuries and range in type from rounded, Celtic style, kerb, memorial plaques and recumbent. The stone types are: limestone, marble and polished granite. An Anglo-Norman motte lies adjacent to the graveyard to the NW and it is possible that the church and graveyard are located within the original bailey of this settlement. There is an earthen bank on the N side of the church along the burial enclosure. The graveyard is uneven in places suggestive of further burials. There is a gravel path which leads from the entrance gate up to the church. All four sides of the church survive up to their original height. The walls of the church have a battered slope. The trees and vegetation are having a negative impact on the headstones and church. Surface human remains were identified to the W of the church
 
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. The site may have been a manor church associated with an Anglo-Norman Motte adjacent to the site. The remains of the medieval church are well preserved. There is a broad variety of headstone types which are of some artistic value. The graveyard is reasonably well maintained.
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: Martin Kelly
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