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

Parish of Kilfenora (b)

There is a stone cross near the western side of the burying ground, four feet nine inches high, two feet four inches across the shoulders, the shaft one foot five inches broad and six and a half inches thick.

There is a very fine cross standing in a field a little to the west of the Church, sculptured on all sides and having a rude representation of the Crucifixion on the east side. This cross is about fifteen feet in height, three feet wide at bottom, two feet six inches wide at six feet from the ground, and ten inches thick, but tapering somewhat to the arms upwards. There were three other fine crosses here, one at each of the other cardinal points from the Church, but two of them fell down and were broken; the third is said to have been carried away to Killaloe some years ago by a Bishop of that See.

Of the ancient Ecclesiastical History of Kilfenora I have nothing to say but what is contained in the following Extracts from Gough, Ware, Lanigan, Four Master, Annals of Innisfallen (Munster) etc.

The See of Kilfenoragh, Fenebore, or Cullumbrach may possibly have been founded by Saint Fechnan, to whom the Church is dedicated. As it was the least and poorest in the Kingdom, we are not to wonder the accounts of it are so imperfect. It was made Suffragan to the Archbishopric of Cashel and since the Restoration to that of Tuam, but now to Killaloe (Harris). The Cathedral is very ancient, but in good repair, the nave full of old family monuments, and in the choir is that of Saint Fechnan, its original founder, having his effigy carved at full length. Here are also several crosses each of a single stone and ornamented with very ancient sculpture (Wilson, 387). - Vol. 4, page 365.

I don’t believe that the Cross mentioned above by Wilson myself, covers the body or tomb of Saint Fechan, nor do I think the present its original position.

 

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