St Mary's Catholic Cemetery and Buttevant Friary

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St Mary's Catholic Cemetery and Buttevant Friary

Main Street, Buttevant
Buttevant, County Cork, Ireland
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BUTTEVANT – possibly from the Norman-French boutez en avant (push forward, a de Barry warcry). The Irish name is Cill na Mallach (the church of the curses)


This friary was founded for the Franciscans between 1251 and 1279 by David de Barry, Lord of Buttevant. Only the Church survives intact from the 13th century. It has a nave (where the congregation sat) and a chancel (where the main altar was located) and a south transept from which a single chapel projects to the east. Beneath the chancel is an elaborate crypt which may have been built to compensate for the steep slope on which the east end of the church is built.

The friary’s other buildings - such as the chapter house where day-to-day business was carried on and the refectory where the friars had their meals – stood around a cloister (courtyard) to the north of the church where most of the present graveyard is now. Fragments from the cloister arcade are built into the wall inside the church

The friary was dissolved in 1540 during Henry V111’s campaign to acquire the wealth of the Church, but the friars seem to have remained until 1568 when Viscount Barrymore took possession of the property. By 1609 a community had returned and it adopted the strictest observance of the monastic rule.

The entire remaining structure is a designated National Monument.


The present Church which is dedicated to St. Mary, was consecrated on Sunday, 9th October 1836. It was designed in the Perpendicular Gothic style by Charles Cotterel, Architect, of Cork. It took 5 years to build, and is constructed of local limestone. Its internal dimensions are, 112 feet long, 90 feet wide (across the transept) and 35 feet high

The Church is shown in the upper photograph, and the Friary is shown in the lower photograph.


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GPS Coordinates: 52.2315, -8.6699

  • Added: 14 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2289662