Grain Church

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

View of a small church and adjoining ruin, variously referred to by the author as Grain Church or Grayne Church. It is shown with an ogee headed south doorway, two windows, and a small cross on the west gable. There are hills in the background. One is marked with the letter R and referred to in the accompanying key as Knock a Graine, now Knockgrean. The drawing is enclosed within an oval border.

This is the lost church of Grean. In 1840-41 the compilers of the Ordnance Survey believed it must have lain close to the disused Protestant church, a few hundred metres south-west of Pallasgrean, and south-east of Knockgrean. The presence of a larger building attached to the church may be support for the view expressed by Mervyn Archdall (Monasticon Hibernicum) that here was once a collegiate church at Grean.

Sources:, record no. LI024-072004-. Accessed 25.02.2018.

Ordnance Survey Letters. Limerick, ed. Michael Herity (Dublin: Four Masters Press, 2014), pp. 142-143.

Ordnance Survey map (1840-41), at,575701,643864,11,0. Accessed 25.02.2018.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image – Grain Church.
  • Text within boundaries of image – R. An hill called Knock a Graine

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Nature
Geographical Location
  • Limerick - County
  • Munster - Province
  • Pallasgreen - Village - Location of ruins approximate.
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Buildings, Churches, Hills, Lands, Ruins
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 9.1 cm x 6 cm
Published / created 1681

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 118
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

From Ballyneclogh to Grayne-Church is a small mile. here is seen a monument belonging to the Mac Briens of Bally Tarsney [p. 118] And another Tombstone underneath the Pulpitt, which I have touched off below marked D.
[image: Grain Church]
on the other side of Knock Graine, whch signifies hill of the sun being singular good Land as any in Ireland. this adjoines a Town called Pallice remarkeable for a neat mount anciently a Danes Fort & upon which hath bin /also\ anciently a Castle, this is in the hands of Mr James English. From Pallice to Miltown Abbey is two miles.
[image of cross]
[pp. 117-118]
Grain Church