Ref: K085

Castleroe Rath

Townland: Dunmanoge Parish: Castledermot (Dunmanoge)
Denomination: RC Diocese: Dublin (RC) 
Grid Ref: 272875(E), 183216(N) Status: Closed
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD039-006001 - graveyard
Boundary Treatment: Stone wall with a single gated entrance and foot stile.
Natural Heritage Details: One mature tree within the graveyard; overgrown with brambles within the church; lichen on walls and headstones (90%)
Description: The graveyard is located in arable land. It is marked on the 1st edition OS map from 1837 as 'Church' and 'Graveyard'. The headstones date from the 18th-20th centuries. There are also two recorded cross inscribed stones and a graveslab. The two cross inscribed stones were located but the graveslab was not. The church measures about 13m by 31m. The W gable is well preserved but the E gable is almost gone. Very little of the side walls remain.
Appraisal: The site is of archaeological, architectural and historic interest. The partial upstanding remains of the medieval parish church of Dunmanoge survives in a poor state of repair. Features of note are two cross inscribed stones and the ecclesiastical enclosure. 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: Schools Project (1970s)
Location: Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal

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