Skip to main content

creative
Communities

Conservation of Kilmanman Medieval Church

Kilmanman Church and graveyard are located about 2 km North of Clonaslee in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. The site contains several clues to its early Christian past, including a curved monastic enclosure and a holy well. According to local tradition, St Manman founded a church here in the seventh century. The church currently on the site was the centre of a large late medieval parish and dates to the late 16th Century. The church & adjacent nineteenth century vault of the Dunne family are in a poor state of repair. Like many medieval ruins, they have suffered significant deterioration in recent extreme weather and there is now a danger that parts of the church will collapse if action is not taken.

We propose to work with the local community, an archaeologist & conservation engineer to devise & implement a plan for urgent conservation work at Kilmanman. Working co-operatively to save the place that they love, the community of Kilmanman and Clonaslee will build on their love for the place and develop a greater connection with their local heritage. There is a dynamic local committee already in place, made up of heritage enthusiasts, neighbouring landowners and the local Parish Priest. An annual eccumenical service is celebrated on the site every year & the annual pattern day for St Manman is August 5th.

Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.

news
letter

Sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest news and events at Creative Ireland