Knockboy Church, Co. Waterford, Consolidation Works Phase 4

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Ongoing conservation work to help stabilise and protect the structure

Scheme: Community Grant Scheme 2020
Ref. Number:
CH08582
Organisation: Knockboy Church Conservation Group (KCCG)
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Amount Awarded: €12,000

Knockboy Church (also known as Seskin Church) located in rural County Waterford is a fine example of a Medieval parish church. The church is highly significant as it contains a number of important ogham stones.

The church requires ongoing conservation work to help stabilise and protect the structure.

In 2020, the KCCG were able to continue with their applaudable work to conserve and stabilize the church ruin at Knockboy, concentrating on the interior and exterior of the south wall of the church this year. The group are committed to promote a better awareness and understanding of the significance of the site and despite the restrictions of Covid-19 the KCCG used social media platforms during Heritage Week to showcase one of the ogham stones each day. They were awarded the Heritage Week county award for Waterford for their project. view at https://ogham.celt.dias.ie/

Figure 6, South wall of the Church with Phase two, works largely completed November 2020

The Knockboy Church Conservation Group primarily consist of the Knockboy Graveyard Committee, a local voluntary organisation that was set up in the early 1990s. This group consists of local landowners and residents, and a number of other people from the community, many of whom have relatives and ancestors interred within the graveyard that surrounds the church. The group are supported by Dr Nora White (the principal investigator on the Ogham in 3D Project) and are participants in the Heritage Council’s Adopt a Monument programme.

To date the group have worked hard and with support from Waterford City & County Council, they have resurfaced the old boreen that leads to the graveyard and carried out a graveyard survey and historical analysis, with all of the information detailed on a large panel at the entrance to the site.

With support from the Heritage Council, the group had an Archaeological Assessment of the site carried out by archaeologist Dave Pollock and a Conservation Assessment of the site to identify priorities for the conservation of the church. Conservation works on the gables of the church took place during 2018. Support from Waterford City & County Council has alsobeen important for the project.

In 2019, the group received support to commission stonemason, Tom Pollard to continue conservation and stabilisation of the church ruin and ogham stones at Knockboy Church, particularly an ogham stone situated in the north window.