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Clone Church
Séipéal Chluana
Clone Church - County Wexford, Ireland.jpg
Clone Church in 2017
52°34′06″N 6°30′18″W / 52.568347°N 6.504963°W / 52.568347; -6.504963Coordinates: 52°34′06″N 6°30′18″W / 52.568347°N 6.504963°W / 52.568347; -6.504963
Location Clone, Ferns, County Wexford
Country Ireland
Denomination Church of Ireland
Previous denomination Pre-Reformation Catholic
History
Dedication Máedóc of Ferns
Architecture
Functional status inactive
Style Romanesque
Years built 13th century
Specifications
Length 16.95 m (55.6 ft)
Width 8.3 m (27 ft)
Height 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in)
Number of floors 1
Materials stone
Administration
Diocese Ferns
Designations
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Clone Church
Reference no. 665

Clone Church is a Romanesque medieval church and National Monument in County Wexford, Ireland.

Location

Clone Church is located 2.6 km (1.6 mi) south of Ferns, on the south side of the River Bann.

History

Clone Church is built on the site of an earlier monastic foundation by Máedóc of Ferns (Aidan, Mogue). It was built in the 13th century in Romanesque style. The sundial was moved to Tintern Abbey in 2001.

A Romanesque window probably from this church was incorporated into St. Peter's, the Church of Ireland parish church of Ferns. Face corbels from the church were incorporated into the wellhouse built over St Mogue's Well.

Church

The church ruins consist of the west gable and part of the south wall. The west door jambs have chevron carvings on the architrave moulding.

Five carved heads, a greyhound and a stone with dog-tooth decoration are over the door.

Graveyard

The graveyard contains two cross slabs and two bullaun stones.

An stone sundial (c. 1200) was formerly in the graveyard of Clone Church, a remnant of the old monastery where a clock was needed so that the Liturgy of the Hours could be recited at the correct times. There are twelve hour-lines and a hole for the gnomon, and another hole above it of unknown purpose.

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