The now-ruined medieval church and graveyard in Tomhaggard stands on what is regarded as the site of an earlier monastery founded in the village.
Below you will see some computer-generated images of what the exterior and interior of the medieval church would have looked like in its prime. Click on the images to take a closer look at them. There are also reconstructed images of some of the key features of the church:
Interior of the Church – East Window
Tomhaggard Medieval Church Exterior from the South East
Conjectural Reconstruction of the Sepulchre Tomb Niche
Conjectural Reconstruction of the East Window
These images were created and shared with us by Dermot Troy, a local architect who has comprehensively surveyed the site at Tomhaggard.
The content below appears on the Norman Way interpretive panel at Sigginstown Castle.
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Forth and Bargy
As you travel along the Norman Way in Wexford, Tomhaggard lies on the dividing line between the Norman barony of Forth on the Wexford side, and the lands of Bargy on the New Ross side.
Changing the Wells of Ireland
The holy well across the road from the medieval church ruin is called St. Anne’s. Local wells such as this have their origins deep in Ireland’s ancient past. They were originally places of worship dedicated to pagan water gods. Early Christians in Ireland then used the wells for their religious rituals. After the Normans arrived, the wells were often re-dedicated and named after the favourite Christian saints of the Norman lords.
A Link to Glendalough
The origin for the name ‘Tomhaggard’ may have connections to another wonderful part of Ireland’s Ancient East; Glendalough in County Wicklow. ‘Tuaim Mosacra’, means the tomb of St. Moshagra of Saggart. St. Moshagra was a saint associated with Glendalough. A yearly mass held in his honour on 3rd March was celebrated at Tomhaggard.
Discover the Norman Way for Yourself
The modern church across the road from the medieval church and graveyard has recreated the shape of the triple arched window from the original medieval church. Can you see the likeness between the two?
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