13 February, 2016

McSwyne Grave Slab and St. John's Church

These are the 4th and 5th stops of the Heritage Trail.

The McSwyne Grave Slab in encased in a display case that has some condensation on it. The right side is a reflection of what's behind me.  I kind of like it.  This carved stone was brought from the Friary at Ballysaggart, St John’s Point  Monsignor Stephens PP transported it to Killybegs in 1868 and set it against an interior wall. It was erected in its present position in 1953 when the church was re-plastered.  The figure in the upper left-hand panel is said to represent Niall Mor McSwyne,  Chieftain of his clan who died in his castle at Rahan on 14th December 1524.  The slab is of 16th century character.

The building of St John’s church commenced in 1825, and it was consecrated and dedicated to St John on 6th June 1828 by William, Bishop of Raphoe.

Courtesy of the Maritime & Heritage Centre Brochure


  1. The simplicity of the church appeals to me.

  2. The small church with its simple lines looks like a good place for worship.

  3. Small places, small churches have a different quiet mood, I like it.

  4. Brilliant that the slab is kept for all to see.

  5. Has the slab survived since the 16th century Bill? If so, how incredible to be able to see it today even if it is under glass. St. John's is a lovely little church.