St. Bigseach's Church of Ireland Church

Ballynacarrigy , Co. Westmeath

St. Bigseach's Church of Ireland Church
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About St. Bigseach's Church of Ireland Church

St. Bigseach's Church of Ireland Church in Ballynacarrigy, Co. Westmeath.

This is one of the finest early 19th-century Board of First Fruit (1711-1833) churches in Leinster.

It was built in 1810 by Lord Sunderlin of nearby Baronstown House. The church is of such high quality it has been attributed to Francis Johnston (1760-1829), one of the most important architects working in Ireland at the time. It is possible that Johnston was involved in the design of this church as he had a number of commissions in Westmeath and the midlands at this time, such as at Tullynally Castle and Charleville Castle, Co. Offaly. The area around this church at Kilbixy is also one of the more important archaeological sites in Westmeath and is regarded as one of the finest examples of a deserted medieval borough in Ireland.

The church is built on the former site of 12th century Tristernagh Abbey. The adjoining graveyard has markers from the 19th and 20th centuries.


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