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Killegy Church and Graveyard

Killegy Church is a small old ruin which can be found on Kenmare to Killarney Road. An eighteenth century reconstruction of an earlier twelfth century church, Killegy overlooks the Muckross Estate.  An enormous Celtic cross, named the Herbert Memorial Cross, sits at the top of the same hill in commemoration of the estate's owners. The churchyard is of more interest to visitors than the crumbling ruin. 

Burial Place of Notable Individuals

The church was built to serve as a mortuary chapel for Colonel Maurice Hussey of Cahernane, and other prominent people interred here include Arthur Rose Vincent, who was the last private owner of Muckross Estate before transferring it to Irish national ownership as a gift. Locals claim that Vincent was buried standing up, overlooking his beloved lakes. Other notables buried on the grounds are

  • Rudolph Erich Raspe, German author of The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  • Henry Arthur Herbert, who established and resided at Muckross House and Estate
  • His wife Mary Balfour Herbert, a renowned watercolour artist

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