Ref: K053

Glassely

 
Townland: Glassely Parish: Narraghmore
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Dublin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 275940(E), 198470(N) Status: Closed
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B32-11 Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD032-037004
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall, 1.5m high approx.
 
Natural Heritage Details: Approx. 5 mature and 1-5 young trees mostly lining boundaries; a stream runs past the east side of the enclosure; the site is fully covered by mown grass; lichens visible on 95% of gravestones; limited ivy cover on boundary walls.
 
Description: The site is located in a rural setting. It is marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map. It is accessed directly from a local road via a gate and adjacent style in the middle of the NW boundary. The bolt of the gate is very stiff. There are no internal pathways and the ground surface is uneven, undulating and has a general slope upwards to the south. The grass is also slightly long. There are no definite remains of a church building, but there is an underground vault slightly east of centre of the enclosure. Structural remains cover an area of approx. 7x4m on the surface. There may once have been a building on this spot as the structural remains do not all relate obviously to the vault. Legible gravestones date from 18th-20th century. There is a holy well not far from the enclosure to the SE.
 
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest. No remains of the church survive. Of archaeological and artistic interest are the fragments of the altar tomb of the Fitzgerald family with representations of the crucifixion and family arms. Other features of note are the two portions of the shaft of a memorial cross dated to 1615. The boundary walls are fully upstanding with limited vegetative growth. The graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 18th-20th centuries, which are of additional historic and artistic interest.
 

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