Kilfenora Church & Crosses

Map Reference: R183940 (1183, 1940)

Kilfenora Cathedral is on the site of a monastery founded by St Fachtna. Little is known of its history but it was burned in 1055 by Murtough O Brien. Parts of the present church date from the late 12th century.

The west end is still in use but the east end is ruinous. It contains three effigy slabs and a triple sedilia with a decorated hood.

The three-light east window has some decoration. Just to the west of the church is the Doorty Cross, a ring-headed cross with figure sculpture in high relief.

The Doorty Cross photographed in 1981

A short distance northwest is another cross with interlacing.

About 100m to the west is a tall slender cross with a Crucifixion on the east face and a variety of geometrical and interlaced ornament elsewhere.

The following photos of Kilfenora Cathedral have been provided by Simon Regan

For details of other Figured High Crosses click on the links below

Dysert O’Dea, Co Clare Killaloe, Co Clare Camus, Co Derry Carndonagh, Co Donegal Donaghmore, Co Down Boho, Co Fermanagh Galloon, Co Fermanagh Tuam, Co Galway Castledermott, Co Kildare Moone, Co Kildare Kilkeeran, Co Kilkenny Killamery, Co Kilkenny Kilree, Co Kilkenny Monasterboice, Co Louth Termonfeckin, Co Louth Duleek, Co Meath Kells, Co Meath Kells Market Cross, Co Meath Killary, Co Meath Clones, Co Monaghan Clonmacnois, Co Offaly Durrow, Co Offaly Drumcliffe, Co Sligo Ahenny, Co Tipperary Arboe, Co Tyrone Donaghmore, Co Tyrone

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