Located in a village with the charming name of Crookedwood, near Lough Derravaragh in county Westmeath, the Church of Taghmon, this 14th century church is a relatively well-preserved ruin. It is a fortified church, making it appear more of a castle than a building of prayer. The church is also known as St. Munna's Church, and the old Gaelic name for the castle Tigh-Munna means "house of Munna".
The church is also notable for its Sheela-na-Gig -- a gargoyle like architectural flourish, found mainly in Ireland (but also in Britain), depicting a female form displaying an exaggeratedly large vulva.
Close to the castle is an ancient ring fort, or circular shaped earth work. These are found throughout Ireland and typically date to the Iron Age. To this day, the are sometimes referred to colloquially as "fairy forts".