Survey Data

Reg No

21903706


Date

1835 - 1845


Townland

CLONCAGH


County

County Limerick


Coordinates

136979, 134173


Description

Freestanding gable-fronted single-cell double-height Roman Catholic church, dated 1840, comprising three-bay nave with two-bay single-storey sacristy to rear (west). Pitched slate roof with render gable copings, rendered eaves course to front and rear (west) with exposed rubble stone eaves course to sides (north, south) and cast-iron rainwater goods. Tooled limestone bellcote to apex of front (east) gable. Pitched artificial slate roof to sacristy with rendered chimneystack, exposed rubble stone eaves course and galvanised steel rainwater goods. Rendered walls with plinth and platbands throughout with channelled render quoins to front elevation. Tooled limestone date plaque to front elevation with cast-iron font to south of main door. Pointed arch window openings with rendered sills and surrounds throughout. Moulded render hoodmoulding with label stops and timber Y-tracery with margined lead-lined windows to front elevation opening. Margined lead-lined windows elsewhere. Square-headed window openings with render sills to sacristy, having four-over-four pane timber sliding sash window to side (south) elevation and timber casement window to side (north) elevation. Pointed arch door opening to front elevation with render hoodmoulding springing from render consoles. Having rendered plinth blocks, chamfered rendered reveals and double-leaf timber battened doors surmounted by single-pane overlight giving access to internal porch. Square-headed door openings elsewhere, with timber louver and timber battened doors to sacristy. Braced timber roof to interior with riveted tenon joints. Polychrome ceramic tiled floor with two tooled stone grave markers to west of nave. Pointed elliptical chancel arch springing from engaged capitalised piers. Tooled limestone and marble commemorative plaques to interior walls of nave. Carved timber reredos and altar. Timber panelled internal porch to east of nave, having double-leaf glazed timber doors flanked by timber confession booths. Located within own grounds with graveyard to north with rendered walls and square-profile gate piers with double-leaf wrought-iron gates. Tooled sandstone font set within freestanding tooled limestone plinth to east of church.

Appraisal

This impressive church makes an important contribution to the architectural heritage of Clouncagh. It has maintained its historic character through the retention of key features including decorative render quoins, sash windows and moulded render hoodmouldings. A well executed limestone bellcote accentuates the building's height along with the tall pointed window openings. Notable features to the interior include a fine tooled limestone font, decorative tiled floors, and the limestone and marble plaques and limestone memorial slabs.