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Sheepstown Church
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Sheepstown Church is located in Ireland
Sheepstown Church
Sheepstown Church
Location in Ireland
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
Dedication Saint Muicín
Functional status inactive
Style Hiberno-Romanesque
Years built 12th/13th century
Length 14 m (46 ft)
Width 6 m (20 ft)
Number of floors 1
Floor area 62.5 m2 (673 sq ft)
Materials sandstone
Diocese Ossory

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


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


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.


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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