Ref: K096

St Colmcille's Rathmore

 
Townland: Rathmore West Parish: Rathmore
 
Denomination: C of I Diocese: Meath & Kildare (C of I)
 
Grid Ref: 295906(E), 219478(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B20-05 Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD020-009006
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall, 2-3m high
 
Natural Heritage Details: 30-50 mature and 50-70 young trees dispersed throughout the enclosure; semi-natural grassland covering 70% of the site; mown grass covering 10% of the site (north of path to church; boundaries, gravestones and trees overgrown with ivy and brambles; lichens visible on 95% of gravestones.
 
Description: K096 is located at the west end of the village of Rathmore. The church and graveyard are marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map. The site is accessed via a gate north of centre of the eastern boundary wall. A gravel path leads to and around the church located at the western end of the enclosure. The site can also be accessed from a gate in the centre of the northern boundary wall which opens from an adjoining field which contains a motte. The ground level within the enclosure is higher than outside. The burial area is higher than the path. All areas south of the path are overgrown and uneven while the much smaller area north of the path containing newer burials is more even and better kept. A slab just to the south of the church makes reference to a vault which is not immediately obvious. Legible and accessible gravestones date from 19th - 21st century.
 
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. Documentary reference to the site first appears from the late 13th century. No visible trace of this church survives. The present church dates to the 18th century. There is a crude granite cross in the graveyard which may of an early date. The graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 19th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest.
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Location: Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal

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