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Stop 2: Kilbunny church
believed that the site of Kilbunny Church (Cill Bunna) may have been used as a
religious site in pagan times. Notice the human head jutting out from the north
door jamb and the ramís head sticking out over the south one. Look at the
carved head of a lion above the north side. In olden times there was a monastery
on the site. At one time there were more than 200 monks living there. It was a
very busy place. It is hard to imagine this when you look around at the jumbled
up graveyard and the ruins of the small church. We believe the church is called
after the Irish martyr Munna, whose feast day is October 21st.
incised stone bearing a pontifical figure had upon it the legend, St Moninne
Episcopus. This stone was discovered by Dr. Martin of Portlaw.
a legend that Brian Boru was running from his enemies the OíKennedyís of
North Tipperary and he came through Portlaw on his way to Dublin. He is supposed
to have gone to mass at Kilbunny Church.
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