I had some job keeping the rain off my lens for these photos, and the wind was something else. As I entered the church grounds clutching my camera to me, a man hurrying towards his car gave me a look that implied that I was completely bonkers.
He was probably right. And not just because of the photos.
Clonbeg Church, Glen of Aherlow
Clonbeg Church was built in the 1800s and is Church of Ireland. The graveyard is both Catholic and Church of Ireland. Within the church grounds, the remains of an old medieval church can be seen and are covered almost entirely in ivy.
My 365 pix have fallen a little by the wayside recently. I’m determined to find 365 great places to visit in Tipperary (especially free places), and blog about them. I’ll be pulling back on daily posts though and taking photos just three or four days a week, or whenever I get time, so it won’t be a 365 pix in the generally accepted sense.
Anyway, onto photo number 35!
Moore Abbey, Glen of Aherlow
Moore Abbey is a bit of an unfortunate place. It was founded in 1204 by the King of Thomond, Donough Gairbreach O’Brien as a Franciscan abbey and, apparently, it took 300 years to build (Ref: Aherlow Website). It was burned four times during the course of building, by the armies of Desmond and Ormond. It was burned to the ground in 1472 and rebuilt in 1473. Continue reading →
I’ve passed this church a million times (I could be exaggerating slightly) over the last few years. It’s an eyecatching sight perched at the top of a hill over a public house called ‘The Halfway House’ on the Clonmel to Fethard road. Continue reading →
There’s a story in Newcastle that the old church at Middlequarter was set alight by Cromwell and his men while people were inside. The story is widely debated though, and others believe that it was ‘a warrior’ by the name of Prendergast who lived at Curraghcloney Castle who burnt the church. Afterwards he built a new fortified residence, the remains of which can be seen not far from the ruins of the church, and from which the village of Newcastle takes its name.
Despite its rather horrific history, Newcastle church and graveyard is not a place where I’ve felt uneasy. The graveyard is still in use, judging by the fresh flowers and Christmas wreaths adorning several of the graves.
Newcastle/Middlequarter Church and Graveyard
There’s room for a couple of cars beside the graveyard, and it’s a very short walk from the village if you fancy parking your car there instead. The graveyard is reasonably well maintained, especially the newer section. Proceed with caution if you venture around the back of the church on a wet day – as I did. The ground is uneven and quite marshy. (No…I didn’t have boots….again…)