Here we present a digital representation of the historical site of St. Catherine’s Church, located in Killybegs in the South-west of County Donegal. Using the collected research and data capture from the St. Catherine’s site we have built a 3D model of the church along with an accurately measured graveyard environment.
Using the historical architectural drawings we were able to measure to scale inside the 3D software and produce a model that allows us to visualise the original site. Having the 3D environment allows us to view the site from many angles and preserve an interpreted model for future use.
The remains of St. Catherine’s Church and the surrounding graveyard represent an insight into life in 15th and 16TH century Ireland and we have attempted to recreate the church and surrounding landscape in as much detail as possible. Some liberties and artistic license are taken with the roof as we have very little information on how this was constructed. Vegetation is not accurate to the native species but gives an impression of the area at the time, which was likely forested to a greater extent. Within the 3D reconstruction we are able to restore the original water line to show how the church was placed in the Killybeg’s bay area.