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Áth an Bhiolair
Aghaviller ruined church and round tower, Newmarket, Co. Kilkenny - - 206920.jpg
ruined church and round tower
Former names Aghavirrer
General information
Type church and round tower
Location County Kilkenny, Ireland
Coordinates 52°27′59″N 7°16′3.25″W / 52.46639°N 7.2675694°W / 52.46639; -7.2675694
Construction started 12th century
National Monument of Ireland
Reference #: 334

Aghaviller (Irish: Áth an Bhiolair, meaning field of the watercress) National Monument, is a church and round tower in County Kilkenny, Ireland.

Aghaviller gives its name to the wider townland, civil parish, and electoral district.

Located south-east of Kilkenny, about six miles south of Thomastown near Knocktopher.


The Annals of the Four Masters call it Achadh-biorair (Ahabirrer), meaning the field of watercresses. Tighe refers to Agha-oillir, meaning field of the pilgrim.

Church and tower

Interior of Aghaviller ruined church, Newmarket, Co. Kilkenny - - 206918
Interior of Aghaviller ruined church

A few yards distant from the site of the old church, is the remains of the lower part of an ancient round tower composed of breccia.

The Statistical Survey of 1802, makes reference to the tower, as does the 1855 Kilkenny Archaeological Society.

It is one of five round towers located around the county, the others are at Kilkenny, Tullaherin, Kilree and Grangefertagh. The tower is different from many round towers as it has two doors. Nearby is a holy well and Castlemorres Demesne.

Civil parish

In 1851 the Civil parish of Aghaviller contained the townlands of Aghaviller, Ballinteskin, Ballinva, Barnadown, Bartonsfarm, Boolyglass, Brownstown, Carrickmerlin, Castlemorris, Catstown, Coalpitparks, Condonstown, Croan, Hugginstown, Kingsmountain or Mylerstown, Kyleva, Mabbotstown, Mylerstown or Kingsmountain, Newmarket and Westmoreland.

Roman Catholic parish

Part of civil parish of Aghaviller is in the Roman Catholic Parish of Aghaviller (Earliest Record: b. Oct 1847; m. Feb 1848. ), and part is in the[Roman Catholic Ballyhale Parish (Earliest Record: b. Aug 1823; m. 1876 ). It was included within the union of Knocktopher, or Ballyhale. Ballyhale was part of Aghaviller Catholic parish prior to September 1847.

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