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Ullard Church
Séipéal Iolaird
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52°34′49″N 6°55′58″W / 52.580245°N 6.932714°W / 52.580245; -6.932714Coordinates: 52°34′49″N 6°55′58″W / 52.580245°N 6.932714°W / 52.580245; -6.932714
Location Ullard, Borris, County Kilkenny
Country Ireland
Denomination Church of Ireland
Previous denomination Pre-Reformation Catholic
Founder(s) Saint Fiacre, Mo Ling
Style Romanesque
Years built 12th century
Length 20 m (66 ft)
Width 5.25 m (17.2 ft)
Nave width 7.2 m (24 ft)
Height 8 m (26 ft)
Number of floors 1
Floor area 110 m2 (1,200 sq ft)
Materials granite
Diocese Ossory
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Ullard Church
Reference no. 670

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


Ullard Church is located 700 m (2,300 ft) west of the River Barrow and 2.4 km (1.5 mi) south of Borris, County Carlow.


Ullard Church Romanesque Doorway 1997 08 28
Romanesque doorway

A monastery was supposedly founded on the site in the 7th century by either Saint Mo Ling or Saint Fiacre. A high cross was erected in the 9th century.

The stone church was built in the 12th century and the interior was greatly altered during the 16th century, with changes to the Romanesque doorway, the chancel widened and a stairway built into the wall. Around 1900 a Gaelic handball alley was built, using the church wall for one of the alley walls. This happened at other sites in southeast Ireland; a high stone wall is needed for the game, and several old castles or churches were used for handball.


Ullard Church is a small nave-and-chancel church built of local granite with a Romanesque doorway. It originally had three orders but the inner order has been completely rebuilt. There is a crypt below the altar.

High cross

Ullard High Cross East Face 1997 08 28
High cross

The cross stands about 4 m (13 ft) tall. It has a closed ring, typical of Barrow Valley crosses. Depicted upon it is the Crucifixion of Jesus, Adam and Eve, David with harp and the Binding of Isaac.


In the field to the north of the Church are two bullaun stones nestled beneath a few trees. Further to the north is St Fiacre's holy well. Local people going abroad would bring a bottle of water from the well with them for good luck.

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