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St. Kieran's Church
Errill Church
Séipéal Naomh Chiaráin
St. Kieran's Church is located in Ireland
St. Kieran's Church
St. Kieran's Church
Location in Ireland
52°51′10″N 7°40′19″W / 52.852899°N 7.672005°W / 52.852899; -7.672005
Location Errill, County Laois
Country Ireland
Denomination Catholic Church (Pre-Reformation)
Status In ruins
Founded 6th century AD
Founder(s) Saint Ciarán of Saigir
Heritage designation National Monument
Years built Middle Ages
Length 16.9 metres (18.5 yd)
Width 8.8 metres (9.6 yd)
Number of floors 1
Floor area 149 square metres (1,600 sq ft)
Diocese Ossory

St. Kieran's Church is a medieval church and National Monument located in Errill, County Laois, Ireland.


St. Kieran's Church is located to the south of Errill village, about 5 km (3½ miles) to the west of Rathdowney, on the south bank of the Errill River (a tributary of the River Erkina, which itself feeds into the Nore).


The site at Errill dates back to the early Christian period where a monastery was founded by Saint Ciarán of Saigir (died c. AD 530). A holy tree and holy well associated with Kieran stand nearby. Only grass-covered wall footing remains of the monastery. The church was built later, in the medieval period. A wayside cross was constructed in the 17th century.

The building

Ruins consist of upstanding walls, measuring 16.9 m x 8.8 m. A doorway and rounded window remains in the south wall. Another window survives also. Masonry has been reused as gravemarkers in the graveyard.

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