Ref: K034

Balraheen Church

 
Townland: Barreen Parish: Balraheen
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Dublin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 289042(E), 234237(N) Status: Closed
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD010-012002 - graveyard
 
Boundary Treatment: Concrete walls.
 
Natural Heritage Details: Mature trees in SW corner; Semi-natural grassland throughout; lichen and moss on walls and headstones
 
Description: Located in pasture fields just off a local road. The graveyard is heavily overgrown. All identified headstones are leaning. The remains of the church can be seen as partial foundation levels measuring about 2m long and 1m in height. There is a single gate in the NW corner which is broken.
 
Appraisal: The site is of some archaeological, architectural interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. A medieval/late medieval church is poorly preserved (foundation level survives only). The grounds are neglected and headstones are in generally poor condition, a situation which if unchecked will make the graveyard vulnerable to further degradation.
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: Unknown
Location: Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal (to be published)

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