Saint Mary's Church of Ireland Church

Dunleckny, Co. Carlow

Saint Mary's Church of Ireland Church
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About Saint Mary's Church of Ireland Church

Saint Mary's Church of Ireland Church in Dunleckny, Co. Carlow.

The churchyard at Dunleckny contains the ivy-covered ruins of two churches. The detached three-bay, single cell Church of Ireland was built in the late eighteenth but abandoned in the early nineteenth century.

The other church is much older. At the beginning of the thirteenth century this church was granted to the nunnery of Graney. The present remains consist of a rectangular structure which is probably medieval in date.

In the older church is a plaque to the memory of two eighteenth-century parish priests. It was erected by Fr. Michael Pendergast in 1810 and commemorates his uncle and grand-uncle,both, like himself, priests of Dunleckny. This reveals a typical tradition of priesthood within Irish families.

There is a private graveyard for two influential local families the Bagenals and Veseys of Dunleckney Manor in a corner of the site.


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