Ullard Abbey

Ullard Abbey

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Name Ullard Abbey County Kilkenny Nearest Town Graiguenamanagh Access Road R705 More Virtual Tours Click for more About Ullard is a parish in the barony of St.
Mullins in the county of Carlow, and partly in the barony of Gowran, in the county of Kilkenny, about 5 kilometres from Graigeunmanagh on the road to from Carlow to New Ross.

Ullard Abbey or Church stands in the County Kilkenny part of the parish.

From Graiguenamanagh take the R705 north for 5 kilometres and turn right.

After about 1.2 kilometres, you will come to Ullard Church on your left.

The cross is to the rear of the church on the right.

Overall, Ullard church measures approximately 8 meters wide by 12 meters in length.

Ullard is a 12th century Romanesque church roofless ruin, consisting of a nave and chancel.

The doorway has been much tampered with (possibly in the 16th century when the innermost order of the doorway was constructed).

Over the window above the doorway is a sculptured panel showing the meeting of two people.

It may have formed part of the original doorway, as is at Freshford.

The worn heads above the doorway are said to represent St.
Moling, the founder of the church, and St. Fiachre.

The chancel also bears some Romanesque features, but was partially blocked up in or around the 16th century.

An interesting feature is the vault under the chancel, which was necessary to keep the chancel on the same level as the nave, as the church is built on the slope of a hill.

The north wall of the chancel was widened in the 15th century and a staircase built into the thickness of the wall.

A monastery here is said to have been founded by St Fiachre in the sixth century.

St Fiachre later moved to France and founded the celebrated monastery at Meaux.
He is the patron saint of gardeners and taxi drivers.
French cabs are often known as fiachres in his honor.

Behind the church, a handball court has been built and at the corner of this there stands a granite High Cross with much-eroded but still recognizable carving.

S. Maps show a well in the field beside the church and in this field are two large boulders in which bullauns can be found.

There are several interesting 18th century headstones featuring simple carving.

Near the car park, a very mature tree has survived those who have left their initials carved in its trunk.