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St. Brigid's Church Of Ireland

The Church of Ireland church in Rosenallis was consecrated in 1797 and is dedicated to Saint Brigid. It is situated on an ancient site in the village and is surrounded by a graveyard. The church was not built originally with it's magnificent stone tower and spire. These seem to have been added nearly eighty years later.
In 1980, a major restoration of the church was begun when under the care of the late Canon Day a new roof was installed and some of the windows replaced or restored. In 1992 the next phase of the restoration work took place when the overgrown graveyard at the back of the church was cleared and landscaped. In the process of doing this work several artefacts were uncovered including a small sandstone cross slab and a Sheela Na Gig statue (symbol of fertility), both of which are now in the care of the National Museum in Dublin. The discovery of this sandstone cross leads us to believe that this site had Christian connections dating back to the seventh and eighth centuries.

In 1995, A complete refurbishment of the church building was undertaken with much of the labour supplied by FÁS. The church was re-opened in 1997 marking 200 years since it's first construction.

Times of Worship: Sundays at 9:30am

Contact Information: Rev. Olive Donohue M.A., The Rectory, Mountmellick, Co. Laois. (057 862 4143)