Kilfane Church

Kilfane , Co. Kilkenny

Kilfane Church
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Kilfane Church in Kilfane, Co. Kilkenny.

This is the ruins of a 13th century church with an adjoining castellated presbytery or stone house. On the North Wall, inside the church, there is the effigy of a Norman Knight in full armour. The shield identifies this Knight as a Cantwell, who were Lords of Kilfane. It is thought that the crossed legs indicate that the Knight was a crusader in the Holy Land. At over six feet it is the tallest effigy of its kind in Ireland or Britain. It is referred to as Cantwell Fada or locally as "the long man".

The church also has remains of the altar, sedelia, book rest and original consecration crosses.

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