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St Abina's Roman Catholic Church, Clondrohid, County Cork
20905911
Front (north-east) elevation
Reg. No.20905911
Date1875 - 1880
Previous NameN/A
TownlandGARRANENAGAPPUL
CountyCounty Cork
Coordinates129640, 75698
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Usechurch/chapel
In Use Aschurch/chapel
 
Description
Freestanding barn-style double-height Roman Catholic church, dated 1877. Comprising seven-bay nave, pitched roofed porch to front (north-east) and flat-roofed sacristy extension to rear (south-west). Pitched slate roof with cast-iron rainwater goods, dentilated rendered eaves course and cut limestone bellcote to north-west gable with cut stone cross finials to north-west and south-east gables. Lined-and-ruled rendered walls with rendered plinth. Raised render date plaque to gable of porch. Round-headed window openings with chamfered limestone sills throughout, paired to side (north-west) elevation and group of three to south-east elevation with render hood mouldings. Lead-lined stained glass windows throughout. Round-headed door opening to porch having raised render surround with vermiculated keystone and double-leaf timber battened door. Carved timber Queen post truss roof to interior with arch braces. Carved marble altar furniture to south-east and carved timber gallery on timber columns to north-west. Located within concrete enclosing wall with inset incised stone to south-west. Set within own grounds with grassed area to north-east.

Appraisal

This simple barn-style church with its modest exterior is typical of rural Roman Catholic churches. It appears to post date a previous cruciform-plan church, depicted on the first Ordnance Survey map of the 1840s. The interior retains fine features, most notably the finely carved roof trusses and timber galleries. The church is prominently sited, within the village of Clondrohid, and forms an important social focus.
 
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