Killoughternane Church is a 10th-century Celtic Christian church located in County Carlow, Ireland. It was built on the remains of a timber church said to have been built by Fortiarnán (Fortchern, Fortcheirn) in the 5th century AD.
|The White Church|
County Carlow, Ireland
|Founded||10th century AD|
|Functional status||In ruins|
|Heritage designation||National Monument|
|Length||5.5 metres (18 ft)|
|Width||3.5 metres (11 ft)|
|Number of floors||1|
|Floor area||19 square metres (200 sq ft)|
|Parish||Myshall and Drumphea|
|Diocese||Kildare and Leighlin|
The church is made of local hammer-dressed granite, with walls 80 cm (2⅔ ft) thick. A baptismal font is in one corner, and there are antae on either side. Archaeological work showed evidence of a Neolithic burial ground.
St. Fortcheirn's Well
A holy well and altar stand across the road. Formerly pilgrims came from County Wexford across the Blackstairs Mountains seeking miraculous cures. In the 19th century a chalice (called the Braganza Chalice, after the bishop's house in Carlow) and paten, both of silver inlaid with gold, were found hidden in the well. The chalice bore an inscription dating to 1595 and is believed to have been hidden during the Penal era when Irish Catholicism was repressed. Both are held at the parochial house in Muine Bheag.
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