Monday, August 22, 2016

St Mary's Collegiate Church, Gowran, County Kilkenny


St Mary's Collegiate Church dates from the 13th century and makes a visit to Gowran worthwhile. The county of Kilkenny itself has medieval monuments in abundance. Like many medieval churches of the time, it contains battlements, as churches were often under attack from the native Irish. The Bruce ransacked the place in the 14th century. It is managed by the OPW and admission is free. The photos above show an early example of ogham and two Butler tomb effigies. They are similar to those at St Canice's Cathedral in Kilkenny City. there are several more graves of interest here and a catalogue of graves is available for purchase.

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