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Sheepstown Church
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Cill Bhaile na gCaorach
Sheepstown ruined church, Knocktopher, Co. Kilkenny - geograph.org.uk - 207631.jpg
52°29′06″N 7°14′36″W / 52.4849°N 7.243442°W / 52.4849; -7.243442Coordinates: 52°29′06″N 7°14′36″W / 52.4849°N 7.243442°W / 52.4849; -7.243442
Location Sheepstown, Knocktopher, County Kilkenny
Country Ireland
Denomination Church of Ireland
Previous denomination Pre-Reformation Catholic
History
Dedication Saint Muicín
Architecture
Functional status inactive
Style Hiberno-Romanesque
Years built 12th/13th century
Specifications
Length 14 m (46 ft)
Width 6 m (20 ft)
Number of floors 1
Floor area 62.5 m2 (673 sq ft)
Materials sandstone
Administration
Diocese Ossory
Designations
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Sheepstown Church
Reference no. 73

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

Location

Sheepstown Church is located 1.8 km (1.1 mi) west of Knocktopher, immediately west of Junction 10 of the M9.

History

The church at Sheepstown is dedicated to St Muicín, bishop and confessor (d. 630). The stone church was built during the 12th or 13th century, at a period when the Irish church was moving from a monastic to a diocesan setup.

Church

The church is Hiberno-Romanesque and simple in design. The west doorway has simple bead moulding, as do the four corners of the gables. The door in the south may have led to the sacristy. High in the northwest corner is a corbel called the "clock-stone", perhaps the gnomon of a sundial.

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