Ref: K079


Townland: Killashee (Killashee ED) Parish: Naas (Killashee)
Denomination: C of I Diocese: Meath & Kildare (C of I)
Grid Ref: 288817(E), 216185(N) Status: Closed
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B24-12 Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD024-003004
Boundary Treatment: Dry built stone wall, 2m high approx.
Natural Heritage Details: 10-20 mature trees lining SE/S boundary and 10-20 young trees dispersed throughout; brambles dispersed throughout; lichens visible on all headstones; ivy on ground surface, trees, headstones and tower.
Description: K079 is located at the end of a laneway off the R448. The associated church and tower are marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map, but the graveyard is only specifically mentioned on the latter. The site is in a rural setting, but there is an ongoing building development immediately east of the site. The entrance to the enclosure is in the middle of the north side. There is no gate, but a gap in the boundary leads directly onto an overgrown path which itself leads to an upstanding, but disused tower (square at the bottom and round at the top). The church, which is also disused, is a more recent extension to the tower on the east side. The tower is approx. 4x4m, while the church building is slightly wider and extends 10m to the east. The structures occupy the centre of the enclosure. There are no paths other than that leading from the entrance to the building. The ground level within the enclosure is much higher than outside. The path is lower than the burial area. The burial area is quite overgrown. Ivy and weeds cover the ground surface which is itself uneven. Most gravestones date to the 19th century. Table tombs and slabs account for 10-20% of grave markers.
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. The present remains consists of a tower incorporated into a disused church. The tower was located at a W end of a nave now leveled. The site is supposed to be of pre-Norman origin founded by Bishop Auxilius in the 5th century. The graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 18th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest. Many of the grave markers are table tombs and recumbent slabs.
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: "The Association for the Preservation of Memorials of the Dead, in Ireland"

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