The Medieval church at Aghowle, Co. Wicklow near Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow
The site is thought to have been an early Medeival monastic site founded by St. Finian of Clonard in the sixth century, but nothing of the early foundation survives. The standing church dates from early in the twelfth century and is notable because of its early Romanesque features. The church is a long rectangular building with very high gables. The north, east and west walls survive but the south is missing. The pair of windows in the east gable has Romanesque style hood mouldings supported by pillars with projecting corbels, two of which have carved animal heads. There is a third similar window in the north wall. The western doorway is a trabeated post and lintel design with a flat lintel on the external side and Romanesque bead mouldings and has a rounded arch on the internal side. North-west of the church is what appears to be unfinished granite rough out for a High Cross. At the base of the cross is a granite water font.

View of the west doorway of the Medieval church at Aghowle, Co. Wicklow.

Further reading
Leask, H.G. 1955. Irish Churches and Monastic Buildings. Dundalk, Vol I, 85.

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GPS coordinates 52.767462,-6.619263

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