Cloydagh Church

Cloydah Church, County Carlow

Cloydagh Church is a “Church of Ireland” church covering a small area around Clogrennan, Co. Carlow. Also known as the Church of Saint John the Evangelist, Saint Johns Church of Ireland.

Built at the expense of the late Board of First Fruits in 1803 and then reconstructed around 1870. What`s more, it is one of four churches in the Killeshin Union of Parishes in the United Dioceses of Cashel, Ferns, and Ossory.

The Board of First Fruits was an institution of the Church of Ireland established in 1711 by Anne, Queen of Great Britain to build and improve churches and glebe houses in Ireland.

I already posted on the blog about St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown. Which looks very same to St. John the Evangelist Church of Ireland in Cloydagh. And many Anglican churches were built in Ireland during the ”First Fruits” act. They have characteristic shapes of towers, windows, and doors.

So, Cloydagh Church is a detached three-bay single-cell Gothic Revival Church of Ireland church, c. 1803, with a Board of First Fruits style tower having a parapet with corner pinnacles. Extensively reconstructed, c. 1870, with nave, chancel, and vestry projection rebuilt.

Moreover, the church is situated nearby to the cemetery Killeeshal Cloghgrennan Graveyard and the archaeological site Killeeshal Fort.


Below are photos I took in May 2021.


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