Killeshin Church of Ireland, Co. Laois

Killeshin Church of Ireland is an Anglican church also known as Killeshin Church Graiguecullen. It is located at Church Road in Graiguecullen.

It`s only 1,2 km from the center of Carlow Town. The spire of the church is clearly visible from the hill in Carlow Town Park.

Thus, situated on the west side of the River Barrow Graigue (Graiguecullen / Graigue-Cullen) is a suburb of Carlow Town. Developed as a satellite village to Carlow town – gráig is a village. And its history is that of its prosperous parent. Graigue was once part of the County of Laois for the purposes of local government and civil administration. The town of Graigue is essentially one long street extending for about one kilometre running parallel with the west bank of the Barrow.

So, the church which dates back to c1827 was designed by John Semple, and it is a detached single-cell granite built Gothic Revival Church of Ireland church. With projecting entrance bays, clasping buttresses, and lancet-arch window openings, the tower has a spire and chancel.

John Semple was an Irish Architect who worked for the Board of First Fruits. He designed such churches as Monkstown Church, Dublin, and St. Marys Chapel of Ease, Dublin.

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

Moreover, Killeshin Church of Ireland is one of four churches, Cloydagh Church St John, Killaban (Castletown), Killaban Mayo (Killaban), which are a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Which has 70 million members in 164 countries.

There is also Killeshin Cemetery contains almost 100 memorials.


Below are photos I took in April 2021.


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