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Ballylarkin Church
Ballylarkin Abbey
Cill Bhaile Uí Lorcáin
Ballylarkin Church is located in Ireland
Ballylarkin Church
Ballylarkin Church
Location in Ireland
52°43′22″N 7°25′39″W / 52.722866°N 7.427629°W / 52.722866; -7.427629
Location Ballylarkin Upper, Freshford, County Kilkenny
Country Ireland
Denomination Church of Ireland
Previous denomination Pre-Reformation Catholic
Functional status inactive
Style Late Gothic
Years built 1350
Length 7.9 m (26 ft)
Width 5.8 m (19 ft)
Number of floors 1
Materials stone
Diocese Ossory

Ballylarkin Church, also called Ballylarkin Abbey, is a medieval church and National Monument in County Kilkenny, Ireland.


Ballylarkin Church is located beside the road, 2.3 km (1.4 mi) southwest of Freshford.


The region was controlled by the Ó Lorcáin until they were ousted by the Anglo-Norman Shorthalls (Schortal) in 1326. James Schortal and his wife Catherine White built the church, a small single-room structure, at Ballylarkin in 1350.

A triple sedilia was later inserted into the south wall in the 14th century. A sheela-na-gig was originally at Ballylarkin but has been moved to the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology.


The church was fortified with a chemin de ronde and a small north entrance. It has a Gothic cut stone window.

There is a triple sedilia in the south wall. Along the top of the north and south walls is a series of corbel-stones with tracery. Beside the sedilia is a piscina with quatrefoil basin. There is an ambry beside the east window.

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