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Kilfane Church
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Cill Pháin
Kilfarne Church Thomastown Co Kilkenny Ireland 2014.JPG
52°33′15″N 7°07′06″W / 52.554167°N 7.118333°W / 52.554167; -7.118333Coordinates: 52°33′15″N 7°07′06″W / 52.554167°N 7.118333°W / 52.554167; -7.118333
Location Kilfane Demesne, Kilfane, County Kilkenny
Country Ireland
Denomination Church of Ireland
Previous denomination Pre-Reformation Catholic
History
Founder(s) Cantwell family
Architecture
Functional status inactive
Style Late Gothic
Years built 13th century
Specifications
Length 22 m (72 ft)
Width 7 m (23 ft)
Materials stone
Administration
Diocese Ossory
Designations
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Kilfane Church
Reference no. 300

Kilfane Church is a medieval church and National Monument in County Kilkenny, Ireland.

Location

Kilfane Church is located 3.4 km (2.1 mi) north-northeast of Thomastown.

History

The area is supposed to derive its name from a Saint Phian.

The church was built in the 13th century. The Cantwells were Lords of Kilfane and adjoining areas from shortly after the Norman conquest to the confiscations following the Confederation.

Poet Deirdre Brennan wrote a poem about Kilfane Church in 2001.

Church

Kilfane Church, 13th Century Door Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Ogee doorway

Kilfane Church is a long rectangle with sedilia, altar, book rest and piscina. The sedilia is believed to come from an older church and still has some medieval paint. Three original doorways in the north and south walls are headed by ogee stones.

The castellated bell tower at the east end may have housed the presbytery/sacristy and provided residents in the upper storeys.

The main feature is the Cantwell Fada, an effigy of a knight from the 1320s/30s; this would have been intended to lie horizontally as a cover to his tomb, but is now set vertically.

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