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Ordnance Survey Letters by John O'Donovan and Eugene Curry, 1839

Parish of Carron (b)

On the lands of Termon in this Parish stands a small Church in beautiful preservation which is nearly as old as Christianity in Ireland.

It is called the Church of Termon and dedicated to St. Cronan, (who is probably Cronan of Roscrea) after whom it is generally called in Irish Teampull Chrónáin. It is a small Ernuidhe or Oratory, measuring in length on the inside twenty one feet and in breadth twelve feet nine and a half inches. The south wall, which is built of large stones, is featureless, but the north contains a pointed doorway which was inserted about four centuries since.

The west gable contains a semi-cyclopean doorway measuring in height from the present level of the ground five feet six inches, and in breadth one foot eleven inches at top and two feet five inches at bottom. The lintel which traverses this doorway at the top is five feet long and seven inches high. The modern doorway (which was broken on the north wall when the doorway in the west gable was built up) is five feet five inches in height from the present level of the ground, and three feet four inches in width at the spring of the arch. The east gable contains a window which presents all the features of primeval times. It is quadrangular on the inside and perfectly round-headed on the outside. It measures on the inside four feet seven inches in height and in breadth at top one foot eight and a half inches and at bottom two feet five inches. On the outside it is one foot nine inches in height and in breadth five inches at top and six inches at the bottom. The side walls are eight feet high.

There are curious human heads done in stone projecting from the west gable on the outside, which Mr. Wakeman should sketch.

In the Church Yard there are two Cumdachs for bones, said to have been formed by St. Cronan. They are formed of large flagstones so placed as to meet at top like the roof of a Church.

About one hundred and twenty yards south and by west of this Church there is a Holy Well called Tobar Chronain, at which Stations are performed but no distinct patron Day is remembered.

To the northwest of the Church are to be seen the pedestal and shaft of a Cross of considerable height, and it is said that there were others which marked the limits of the Termon of St. Cronan, but which are now destroyed.

 

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