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St. Mary's Church, Callan
Old Callan Church
Cill Mhuire, Callainn
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52°32′39″N 7°23′25″W / 52.544064°N 7.39015°W / 52.544064; -7.39015Coordinates: 52°32′39″N 7°23′25″W / 52.544064°N 7.39015°W / 52.544064; -7.39015
Location Green Street, Callan, County Kilkenny
Country Ireland
Denomination Church of Ireland
Previous denomination Pre-Reformation Catholic
History
Dedication Mary, mother of Jesus
Architecture
Functional status inactive
Style Late Gothic
Years built c. 1250
Specifications
Materials stone
Administration
Diocese Ossory
Designations
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Callan Church
Reference no. 455

St. Mary's Church is a medieval church and National Monument in Callan, Ireland.

Location

St. Mary's is located in the centre of Callan, on the corner of Green Street and Mill Street (Augustine Street).

History

St. Mary's Church was built c. 1250 by Hugh de Mapilton, Bishop of Ossory. All but the west tower was replaced c. 1460.

A carved "Trinity Stone," depicting the Trinity, is one of only a few surviving and was sculpted by Rory O'Tunny c. 1520. It was rediscovered in 1974. A chapel was added in 1530.

The chancel continued as a Church of Ireland (Anglican) place of worship until the 1970s.

Church

St. Mary's Church, Callan
1784 drawing

The church is a nave and chancel with north and south aisles, which have four-arch arcades. The chancel and choir are roofed, and inside the choir is a square baptismal font.

There are tomb-chests in the church but no effigies: one depicts a skeleton and another vaulting and tracery.

The north doorway depicts a carved head of a woman wearing a distinctive horned headdress of the Tudor era.

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