ST MUNCHIN’S CHURCH [CHURCH STREET, KING’S ISLAND IN LIMERICK CITY]-140789
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The church is currently owned by Limerick Civic Trust.
Saint Munchin’s was built in 1827 to replace a single-celled medieval church on the same site.
I must admit that I had, up until a few years ago, believed that Munchin was not a real name, maybe because I had confused it with the word munchkin. But I learned that I was wrong when I came across St. Munchin’s Church in Limerick City.
The location of this church overlooking the Shannon is situated in Englishtown on what is claimed to be the first site of the ancient cathedral of Limerick, before St Mary’s was built by Donal Mór O’Brien. The significant architectural quality and high state of preservation of the mausolea add greatly to the importance of this church. It is easy enough to find as it is located across the road from King John’s castle.
The graveyard contains many interesting stone grave markers and table-tombs dating from the eighteenth and the nineteenth century. There are a number of fine monuments and mausoleums of old Limerick families such as the Fogertys. There are many plaques demonstrating expressions of ‘self-importance’.
The Jones Mausoleum is mentioned in many tourist guides. It is described as a freestanding limestone mausoleum, erected c. 1850