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Ballynadrumny Church

Townland: Ballynadrumny Parish: Ballyna (Ballynadrumny)
Denomination: RC Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) 
Grid Ref: 269272(E), 242427(N) Status: Open
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD003-019002 - graveyard
Boundary Treatment: Stone wall with 'large stone' coping (limestone); stable; overgrown in places.
Natural Heritage Details: Several ewe trees throughout; hedgerow along E boundary; mown grass
Description: The graveyard is located in pasture fields and is marked on the 1st edition OS map of 1837 as 'Ballynadrumny Church (in ruins)' and 'graveyard'. The headstones date from the 18th-21st centuries. The headstone types are: Celtic style, rounded, railed, cross slab and kerbed. The stone type is predominantly limestone, but also polished granite and white marble. There are headstones located within the ruined church. The church is about 19m by 8m, with the base of the wall remaining. A grotto dedicated to the Virgin Mary has been inset into the walls of the church. There are several statues of Virgin Mary and St Patrick throughout the site. There are a number of gravel paths within the graveyard which are well maintained. There are three grave slabs dating from the 16th and 17th centuries in the graveyard.
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. The medieval church consists of the N,S and W walls. The remains of a narrow opening with a rear splay is visible in the S wall. Features of note are two tombs (18th and 19th century) built into the church. Three late medieval graveslabs also of archaeological and historic interest, are located within the grounds of the site. In addition, the graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 18th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest.
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: "The Association for the Preservation of Memorials of the Dead, in Ireland"

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