St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown

One of many Anglican churches built in Ireland during the ” First fruits” act. Catholics were expected to pay tithes for funding their building. It’s caused much resentment as these building occur at the same time as Catholic emancipation and this tithe tax was unfair. The Catholics eventually refused to pay. Lots of these abandoned churches all over Ireland. Would be nice to see them used and saved from dereliction.

St. Osnadhs Church is ruined nineteenth-century Church of Ireland church with remains of medieval church behind. Situated on an elevated site overlooking rich rural countryside, this ruinous First Fruits church dates from 1810. It has an austere simplicity and comprises a three-bay nave with lime rendered walls and pointed windows, a porch on the north side and a three-stage, west tower with crennelations and pinnacles. The earliest church to occupy the site was a monastery associated with St. Osnadh and a round tower survived here until the nineteenth century, when it was removed during the building of the Church of Ireland church.

The site has strong associations with St. Patrick and the medieval church – whose remains can be seen behind the nineteenth-century church – was dedicated to him. The remains reveal a large rectangular structure built from granite boulders. There is a small piscina and a large fragment of a finely dressed polygonal font can also be seen.

In the thirteenth century Kellistown was settled by the Anglo-Normans and the church was given to the Augustinian Priory of Kells, Co. Kilkenny. The present remains probably date from this period.

Kellistown was the site of several famous battles including one in 1398 when Roger Mortimer, Royal Lieutenant of Ireland was killed while doing battle with the O’Byrnes and other Gaelic chiefs.”

– source Carlow Trails of the Saints

St. Osnadhs Church is beautiful and photogenique but sad. And it is great view from St. Osnadh’s Church to Mount Leinster.

Location of St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown:

St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown
St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown
St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown
St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown
St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown
St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown
St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown
St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown
St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown
St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown
St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown
St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown
St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown
St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown
St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown
A view from St. Osnadh’s Church to Mount Leinster

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One thought on “St. Osnadhs Church in Kellistown”

  1. Thank you for writing this very informative piece!

    As someone who grew up in this area, I was always curious about the steeple … amazing location & view.

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