Killeshin Romanesque Doorway

Killeshin, Co. Carlow

Killeshin Romanesque Doorway
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About Killeshin Romanesque Doorway

Killeshin Romanesque Doorway in Killeshin, Co. Carlow.

Killeshin was the site of an early monastic settlement associated with Saints Diarmait and Comgan. St. Mugen who was abbot here in the sixth century is believed to have taught St. Laserian (d.639) the first bishop of Leighlin. In the eleventh century the monastery suffered as a result of dynastic rivalry in Leinster. It was burned in 1042 and 1077 and thereafter went into decline.

The present church was built c.1150 and its beautiful Romanesque doorway is one of the finest examples in the country. The doorway is also one of only a small number of doorways in Ireland with a triangular gable above the arches.


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