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Ordnance Survey Letters by John O'Donovan and Eugene Curry, 1839
Parish of Killeany (a)
This small Parish is, according to the Down Survey, bounded on the north and northeast by the Parish of Rath-Boirné; on the east by the Parish of Noughaval; on the south by the Parish of Kilfenora and on the west by the Parish of Kilmoone. It is under the Patronage of St. Einne or Einde of Aran.
The old Church of Killeany is not the original Church erected in St. Eany’s time, but one raised on its site about five centuries since. It is in good preservation and divided into nave and choir. The nave measures in length thirty five feet and in breadth twenty one feet. The west gable, which is in good preservation, does not contain a doorway, but a pointed window placed at the height of fourteen feet from the ground and measuring as well as one could guess by looking at it from the ground about two feet six inches in height and ten inches in width. The doorway was placed in the south wall at a distance of ten feet from the west gable, but it is now destroyed. At the distance of three feet east from this doorway there is a pointed window constructed with cut stone placed at the height of eight feet from the present level of the ground on the outside, and measuring on the inside five feet in height and four feet in width, and on the outside two feet eight inches in height and five inches in width. At the distance of five seven to the east of this, there is another window of similar dimensions and characteristics.
The north wall of the nave is featureless. At the distance of eight feet of the west gable there is, within the nave, a modern wall about ten feet high and extending across. It has a doorway on it near the south side. It was probably erected to enclose a family burial place, but no tomb is now observable in the space it shuts in.
The choir arch is a fine one, in good preservation and constructed of cut limestone in the pointed style. It measures twelve feet in breadth and about sixteen feet in height, and three feet eight inches in thickness.
The choir measures in length nineteen feet and in breadth nineteen feet six inches; that is, one foot six inches narrower than the nave. Its south wall contains a pointed window placed at the distance of four feet from the east gable, and six from the present level of the ground on the outside. It measures on the inside four feet six inches in height and three feet in width, and on the outside two feet six inches in height and six inches in width. The east gable, which is in good preservation, contains a round-headed window placed at the height of six feet from the present level of the ground on the outside, and measuring on the inside seven feet in height and three feet eight inches in width, and on the outside five feet in height and five and a half inches in width.
The north wall of the choir contains a quadrangular window placed at the distance of four feet from the east gable, and measuring on the outside two feet in height and six inches in width.
The walls of this Church are four feet three inches thick, and the side walls are about fourteen feet high.