Ref: K027

St John' s Church

Townland: Ballymore Eustace Parish:
Denomination: C of I Diocese: Dublin & Glendalough (C of I)
Grid Ref: 293351(E), 209856(N) Status: Open
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD029-011004 - graveyard
Boundary Treatment: Stone wall with 'cow and calf' coping. Double iron gates with foot stile.
Natural Heritage Details: Mature beech trees throughout; mature ewe throughout; young sycamore; mown grass; lichen on headstones and wall' ivy on walls and some headstones.
Description: The graveyard is located just outside the village of Ballymore Eustace in rolling pastureland. The graveyard is located on elevated ground. It is marked on the 1st edition OS map of 1837 as 'Church', 'Church and stone crosses' and 'Grave Yard'. The later 25 inch OS map of (1897-1913) names the church as 'St John's Church'. The graveyard is divided into two sections. The earlier section is located in and around the church, while a later section is located lower down the hill. The headstones date predominantly to the 18th-20th centuries. The headstone types are: rounded, Celtic style. There are also two high crosses (granite) and several early medieval and medieval grave markers. The ground is uneven underfoot. The remains of the medieval parish church of Ballymore survives on site but little upstanding elements survive.
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. The graveyard is enclosed by a stone wall with a gate and stile in the northwest corner and a gate in the southeast corner. The partial remains of a medieval church survives to the rear of the upstanding and active 19th century church. The early church survives in a poor state with only the base of the walls remaining on the east gable and south wall. Features of note are two baptismal fonts, cross-inscribed slabs, two high crosses, an effigy of a 16th century FitzEustace knight and headstones from the 18th Century onwards. Some of the flat stones, chest tomb, coped tombs and table tombs are overgrown. Most of the headtones are leaning and a small number have been broken. The grouns are maintained and in a fair condition. The various cut-stone grave markers are of artistic interest and represent a high quality of craftsmanship and stone masonry.
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: "The Association for the Preservation of Memorials of the Dead, in Ireland"

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