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Kilfane Church
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Kilfarne Church Thomastown Co Kilkenny Ireland 2014.JPG
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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
Founder(s) Cantwell family
Functional status inactive
Style Late Gothic
Years built 13th century
Length 22 m (72 ft)
Width 7 m (23 ft)
Materials stone
Diocese Ossory

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


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


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.


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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