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Thomastown Church
Cill Bhaile Mhic Andáin
Old Thomastown Church.png
Aisle arcade
Thomastown Church is located in Ireland
Thomastown Church
Thomastown Church
Location in Ireland
52°31′34″N 7°08′21″W / 52.526122°N 7.139052°W / 52.526122; -7.139052
Location Pipe Street, Thomastown, County Kilkenny
Country Ireland
Denomination Church of Ireland
Previous denomination Pre-Reformation Catholic
Founder(s) Thomas FitzAnthony
Functional status inactive
Style French Gothic
Years built between 1215 and 1229
Number of floors 1
Diocese Ossory

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


Thomastown Church is located in the centre of Thomastown, immediately behind the Protestant Church and north of the River Nore.


The church was founded by Thomas FitzAnthony, a Cambro-Norman knight who was granted land here in 1215 by John, King of England and Lord of Ireland. It belonged to Inistioge Augustinian Priory (est. 1210). It may also have had Dominican associations. After the Reformation the nave was modified for use by the Anglican Church of Ireland. In 1809 the present Catholic church was built on the site of the south aisle.


Thomastown Church was built as a nave and chancel with north and south aisles. The ruins today consist of the north aisle arcade (five arches with quatrefoil pillars, decorated capitals and clerestory) the west gable and a fragment of the crossing tower.

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