St Catherine's Church

Medieval Church and Bullaun

St Catherine's early 15th century church was the parish church of Tacumshin. The ruins, most of which is covered in ivy, are a bit confusing at first. There are a the ivy clad ruins of a 19th century church to the west of the old church. St Catherines consists of a nave and chancel church with north and south aisles. In the image left we can see the exterior of the south aisle, to the right, and the west gable of the nave to the left. In the top image we can see the three round arches that led from the nave to the south aisle.

In the east window of south aisle there is a double ogee-headed window with a missing central mullion. There are three single-headed ogee windows in the south wall and a rectangular window in the west wall. A pointed arch divided the chancel from the nave. The ogee-headed aumbry, pictured above left, is situated at the east end of the south wall. Inside the chancel is a very early 14th century graveslab with an incised floriated cross.

Bullaun Stone

The small single bullaun stone, pictured right, is located at the west end of the south aisle. The basin is 0.2 metres in diameter. St Catherine's church is one of the sites on the Norman Way, a heritage trail that runs along the south coast of Wexford.

Bullaun stone

Situated: From Tagoat go west on the R736 for 3 kilometres. Then turn left for Tacumshin. After 2.8 kilometres turn right. Follow the road for about 1k. At the sharp right bend the church is hidden on your left.

Discovery Map 77: T 0678 0685. Last visit Jan 2017.

Longitude: 6° 26' 16" W

Latitude: 52° 12' 11" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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