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Friday 6 December 2019

Conservation work carried out at Kilmannan Church

From dilapidated ruin, the old Kilmannan Church has been saved and restored
From dilapidated ruin, the old Kilmannan Church has been saved and restored

Pádraig Byrne

Following years of hard work to get to this point, as well as months of painstaking conservation work, the scaffolding is finally down on the old Kilmannan Church near Cleariestown.

The fortified medieval parish church, dedicated to one of the most famous female saints in early Christian Ireland - St Moininne - had fallen into major disrepair and was a source of major concern to locals, keen to see the area's history preserved.

'A couple of local groups have been working on this for a good number of years,' said Cllr Jim Moore, who has been involved in the project for some time. 'Basically, the groups were seeking to get in and stop the erosion of the castle. It looked in really bad condition and the danger was that it would fall down completely.'

Following a couple of false starts which saw the project denied funding, Cllr Moore says that the relevant departments at Wexford County Council put together a great pack and work has been ongoing for about five months.

'I was up there in July with some of the local groups while work was ongoing and everyone was really impressed with the quality of the work,' said Cllr Moore. 'It's very specialised work and it was being carried out to the highest standard. Everything is completely authentic.'

The National Monuments Service and the Architectural Heritage Advisory Unit were happy to advise on the project and congratulated Wexford County Council on its completion. Cllr Moore is hopeful that this is just the beginning for the historic site and that further work can be done to enhance it further in the future.

Wexford People

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