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|A Survey of Monuments of Archaeological and Historical Interest in the Barony of Bunratty Lower, Co. Clare by William Gerrard Ryan|
Part 3: Pre-reformation
church and monastic sites
Nat. Grid. Ref: R398640; ½” Sheet 17
For information relating to this site refer to: (a) site plan (b) site description (c) series of photographs on the site.
Plan of Clonloghan Church:
The eastern wall survives to an external length of 5.70 metres. It is pointed and reaches a maximum height of 6.0 metres at its centre (photo 1). Along this wall a window, in a good state of preservation, may be seen (photo 2). It has inclined jambs and a semi-circular head. In the inside this cut sandstone window, along a limestone wall, is 1.35 metres high by .64 metres wide. However on the outside it is only 1.00 metres high by .15 metres wide (photo 2). Ivy covers part of the window on the outside. (For a pen drawing of this window refer to “The Other Clare”, Volume 2, page 32, Fig. 4).
The southern wall now only survives to an external length of 5.30 metres.
It averages 2 metres in height. This wall also has a window (see site
plan) though not in as good a condition as that in the eastern wall.
Again it has inclined jambs, with this time a lintel rather than a semi-circular
head. This window has been blocked up by stones on the inside (photo
3). On the outside ivy has covered the window space. Field work suggested
that the window was 1.0 metre high by .64 metre wide, on the inside,
by 1.0 metre high but only .15 metre wide on the outside. (See Westropp
1900, plate 11, figures 2 and 3 for field sketches of the east and south
Date of Church:
REFERENCES TO CLONLOGHAN CHURCH:
Ordnance Survey Letters, 1839, Volume 2, 1928 edition, pages 116 & 117 (Curry).
In this there is an interesting reference to the condition of the church
site in 1839. Amongst a general description of the site reference is
made to the now levelled north wall