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32 of 365 pix – Places to visit in Tipperary – Newcastle (Middlequarter) Church and Graveyard

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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

Newcastle Church

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…)

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31 of 365 pix – Places to visit in Tipperary – Mullough Abbey

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There’s nothing like a cold blast of air and two icy feet to start the morning off.  With an hour to kill before I dropped my daughter to school and started a day of “Mum’s taxi-runs”, I ventured out to Newcastle to look for Mullough Abbey.

Coming from Clonmel you can’t miss the signposted pillar beside the new graveyard….unless you’re me….so I drove by it and into Newcastle before I realised the error of my ways.

Mullough Abbey, Newcastle

Mullough Abbey

The abbey is in a lovely spot, but it’s an awful pity about the perimeter wall.  I wonder is there any chance that there’s a plan to cover it with natural stone, or even grow a hedge to cover it.

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