The following description is derived from the published 'Archaeological Inventory of County Meath' (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1987). In certain instances the entries have been revised and updated in the light of recent research.
Date of upload/revision: 10 July 2007
Cloister Called 'the College'. Buildings surround four sides of a courtyard but survive to any great extent only on N and S. N range is 'priests house' with fireplaces and double garderobe at first-floor level. S range has two-storeyed hall, refectory and tower house (ME019-060010-), which is perhaps the earliest building. Gatehouse (ME019-060009-) and motte (ME019-060001-) nearby. Church (ME019-060002-) immediately to S. (JRSAI 1901, 405-30; Leask 1955, vol. 2, 30-1).
A chantry college was built in the later 15th century; with three ranges of residential, dining, kitchen and storage buildings around a courtyard. It was rebuilt in the 16th century following a bequest by Christopher Fleming. Sculpted gutters in human and animal forms and window surrounds with Tudor rose motifs emphasise family patronage and piety. It accomodated priests and choirboys who sang mass daily for the souls of the family. The North range, called the 'priest's house', emphasises comfort, with first floor fireplaces and a double garderobe. The south range contains a two-storey hall and refectory, also with fireplaces (Seaver M. & Brady C. 2011).
Stone sculptures include window mouldings and tracery, the Arms of France and England above the doorway, a griffin at the W end of south range and the Fleming coat of arms along with an early depiction of an artillery weapon, a mortar, set into the W wall of the cloister (Seaver M. & Brady C. 2011).
Compiled by Geraldine Stout
Date of upload: 29 March 2012Description Source: National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.