Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Cheekpoint Chuch & Medieval Ruins



Located across the road from St. Ita’s holy well, right beside St. Nicholas church in Faithlegg, lies the ruins of a 13th Century medieval nave and chancel church. The area where Faithlegg Church stands was once known as Coolbunnia. Faithlegg Castle is believed to have stood on the current location of the new church in a previous age and it was the seat of the Aylward Family for about 500 years. There is little to be found on the history of the church with the exception of the family tomb of Thomas Francis Meagher (a famous son of Waterford whom I shall be covering soon in a later post) which can be found in the graveyard. The church itself is in a bad state and appears to be crumbling, however the four main walls are still standing with a little support from some internal struts and most of the windows appear to have remained intact. Entry inside the ruin itself has been blocked off, I would presume both for safety reasons and to help preserve the current remains. Whilst I was there some workers were in the process of cleaning many of the headstones in the graveyard.













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