Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

View of the church and castle at Caherconlish, located six miles from Limerick on the road to Cashel. The roofless church and adjacent chancel are encircled by walls with an opening to the right. A tower house stands between the viewer and the church walls, on the left-hand side of the image. The drawing is enclosed within an oval frame.
The medieval church was altered in the nineteenth century. Now ruined, it is surrounded by a graveyard. Four castles are recorded in Caherconlish, none are extant. Given that the church’s altar would be to the east, the tower house seen here was located to the south-west of the ecclesiastical site.

Archaeological Survey of Ireland, at, record LI014-079005. Accessed 2.11.2014.
The Urban Archaeological Survey of County Limerick, compiled by John Bradley, Andrew Halpin and Heather A. King (Dublin: Office of Public Works, 1985).

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image – Carigkenlish
  • Text within boundaries of image – Chancel Church & Castle [with lettering identifying where each is located]

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Architecture, Forts and fortifications
Geographical Location
  • Caherconlish church - Named locality
  • Limerick - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Buildings, Castles, Churches, Ruins, Towers
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 8.5 cm x 7 cm
Published / created 1681
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Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 209
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

From Limerick by Abby Owhny to Carigkenlish is 6 miles. [Images: monuments in church and transcription of inscriptions]
[p. 210]. [Image: monument in church and transcription of inscription]
From Carickenlish to Craigowhny or Cragg Owhny, in the county of Tiperary is 6 miles
[pp. 209-210]