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Ballylarkin Abbey Freshford - Ballylarkin Church

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Freshford, Freshford, Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland

Ballylarkin Abbey or church near Freshford County Kilkenny was built in 1350 by the Shorthall Family. The abbey is small in size but contains a wealth of splendid carvings and architectural features.

Ballylarkin Abbey or Church near Freshford, County Kilkenny, was built in 1350 by the Shorthall Family. Locally it is known as an abbey, but actually it was a parish church. It is small in size but contains a wealth of splendid carvings and architectural features. Ballylarkin Abbey features include a large gothic cut stone window, a perfect sedilia (stone seats set into the wall) with moulded gothic arches.

One of the finest examples of a Sheela na Gig was found here and has featured in a lot of publications and now lies in the basement of the National Museum in Dublin. Sheela na Gigs are figurative carvings of naked women displaying an exaggerated vulva. They are found on churches, castles and other buildings, particularly in Ireland and Britain, sometimes together with male figures.

Access to Ballylarkin is on private land.