Ref: K030

Cappanargid

 
Townland: Cappanargid Parish: Cloncurry
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 269933(E), 221372(N) Status: Closed
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B17-03 Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD017-007003
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall with soldier coping, 1.5m high approx.
 
Natural Heritage Details: 5 mature and 5-10 young trees dispersed throughout; full coverage by semi-natural grassland; lichens visible on 95% of headstones; limited ivy coverage on church ruins.
 
Description: K030 is located in a field used for grazing sheep. Cappanargid Church (in ruins) is marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map, but only the latter map specifically mentions the graveyard. However, both maps show the same enclosed area. The site is accessed directly through the field in which it is located which is itself accessed from the R414. There is a gate in the northern end of the western boundary wall. It is locked, but the wall is badly damaged in places and there are gaps through which one can gain entry. There are no paths within the enclosure and the ground surface is quite uneven. The grass and weeds are quite long. A ruined church (14x5m approx.) occupies the centre of the enclosure. It has no roof, but there are substantial remains of all four walls. To the NW of the church there is an apparently modern gravestone commemorating 19th century burials. Earlier gravestones are only visible to the south of the church. Upstanding and legible gravestones date from 18th-20th century.
 
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. The boundary wall is generally free of vegetation, but it is badly damaged in places. Most gravestones are in poor condition. Many are very worn and all but concealed by the long grass. Those which are not as badly worn are generally leaning. The remains of a medieval church survives with all four sides upstanding.
 

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