Dunleckny, Churches, Co. Carlow.

Location – About one mile N of Bagenalstown.
OS: S 721 629 (map 61)
Longitude: 6° 55' 58.92" W
Latitude: 52° 42' 44.92" N
GPS: S 72041 62933 (Accuracy: 5m)
See map at the bottom of the page.  

Description and History – This site is quite odd and I only came here by chance.  I had not set out to see these ruins and was just passing by but after catching a glimpse through the trees I had to go and explore them. The archaeological inventory only lists one church here but there are clearly two at the site.  One appears to be medieval in date while the other is newer and possible 18th or 19th century in date which may explain why it is not listed in the inventory. The older of the two churches is nearly 30m in length and 9m wide.  The N and S walls are largely ruined and the whole structure is covered in ivy.  The two gable ends stand to full height which is about 6m.  The newer church is roughly the same dimensions as the older structure but in much better condition. It is largely covered in ivy which makes finding architectural features difficult.  A large window is in the E wall and the entrance is in the W wall and is beginning to crumble.  Beyond that it is just a standard church.  There are also plenty of interesting graves in this place and you really get the impression of its age.  

Difficulty – Pretty easy to get around but watch your step as there is a lot of ivy covered rubble around the churches. For more ecclesiastical sites, click here. For more sites in Co. Carlow, click here.
View of both churches with the older of the two in the foreground.
The newer of the two churches.
The walls of the older church are severely damaged.
There is a large private burial plot next to the newer church.
There are some really old and beautiful head stones here.
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