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38 of 365 pix – Cemetery near Ballymacarbry Grotto, Tipperary (Bennetschurch)

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I’m trying to identify the name of this cemetery near Ballymacarbry. Ally and I passed it on the way to Ardmore at the weekend and stopped to take some photos. It’s quite close to the grotto which is on the opposite side of the road.

Anyone any ideas?

Edit: I stumbled across a reference on Excavations.ie to a ‘Teampull na mBeinéad’ in Ballymacarbry, (Bennetschurch).  The building in the photo below is an old schoolhouse. It would be nice to know when the schoolhouse was built and when it ceased to operate as a school. The website refers to the east wall of the church, which I think I saw on the day, but the site is extremely overgrown so it’s hard to know.

Cemetery Ballymacarbry

 

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37 of 365 pix – Holy Year Cross, Clonmel

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Meanwhile….on the 365 pix project…

My camera lens is FUBARED. At some stage it must have gotten a hard knock.  The  filter is wedged well and truly on, and there’s something rattling around inside which results in the focus ring jamming every so often. It’s a matter of (a long) time before I can afford a new one but all donations are greatly received in the meantime. 😉

I’m quite a bit behind with the whole 365 project, not because of the camera, but partly due to putting in some work for my Honours Degree (4 years finished….finally), and partly because a close family member wasn’t well over the last few months and I had to do a bit of running around to hospitals, doctors, etc.

With another close family member undergoing hospital treatment at the moment, I thought it was as good a time as any to visit The Holy Cross in Clonmel. I’m not very religious or anything, but I feel that God must be able to hear a prayer or two when it’s said at the top of a hill under a great, big holy cross.

The Holy Year Cross

Holy Year Cross

Situated at the base of the Comeraghs, at the top of ‘Cnoc a Chomortais’, the Holy Year Cross was erected in 1950.  Every year, on the August Bank Holiday, locals make the short climb to the top of the hill where mass is said.

I say ‘short climb’, but the truth is that the small space for cars to park at the base of the hill is VERY small, so for anyone who turns up late, then a longer walk is involved…and possibly a visit to A&E, suffering from exhaustion, before you ever make it to the cross.

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35 of 365 pix – Moore Abbey, Glen of Aherlow

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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.

‘Stuff’ happens. 

Anyway, onto photo number 35!

Moore Abbey, Glen of Aherlow

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

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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30 of 365 pix – Places to visit in Tipperary – Lady’s Abbey, Ardfinnan

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Lady’s Abbey, Ardfinnan

Lady's Abbey, Ardfinnan

 

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28 of 365 pix – Places to visit in Tipperary – Loughmore/Loughmoe Church

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Yesterday’s 365 pic – intentionally late – a small mark of respect to a wonderful lady who passed away at the weekend.

I was in Templemore for training, and as I had seen photos of this church on Tom Nelligan’s blog – www.thestandingstone.ie, I thought I’d take a detour through Loughmore to photograph it.

I left Clonmel early yesterday morning, but when I reached Loughmore the skies were still dreadfully dark, thanks to the woeful weather.  Driving onwards to Templemore in the lashing rain, I could see (or rather I couldn’t see) the Devil’s Bit obscured with thick, heavy cloud. Not a photo opportunity in sight.

So it wasn’t until late that afternoon that I managed to get back to Loughmore, and I got a five minute break in the rain when I could take a few photos. A strong wind threatened to blow the camera out of my hands and it was all I could do to keep the lens steady. ( I won’t draw your attention to the blurry bits in the photos). Makes mental note:- next time BRING  A TRIPOD!!!

Loughmore Church

Loughmore Church

The graveyard is fascinating.  It’s been maintained really well, and I spent several minutes looking at the headstones. (I could easily have spent an hour if I hadn’t been getting soaked wet by the driving rain.)  One of the plots was over two hundred years old and the inscription on the headstone could be read as easily if it had been engraved yesterday.

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26 of 365 pix – Places to visit in Tipperary – Lough Doire Bhile

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Today’s 365 Tipperary pic wasn’t actually taken today, just in case you were wondering where the lovely calm evening came from.  Being without a car, I had to search through my archive of photos and came across this one. (My actual 365 pic for today is something entirely different, but I’ll post that in a minute.)

Lough Doire Bhile

Lough Doire Bhile

Situated not far from Glengoole, just off the bog road to Littleton, Lough Doire Bhile is a beautiful oasis of peace and calm. Ally and I went out one evening for a walk and spent about an hour taking photos, mostly of each other. We met lots of people out walking, and there were a couple of fishermen sitting on their little stools with their fishing lines dangling in the water. If I didn’t take photos I think I’d fish instead.  It would be a great excuse to sit daydreaming for the day.

The lake, which is on the site of an old, exhausted bog, is apparently stocked full of brown trout, although I’ve heard it can be a bit ‘hit and miss’ as to whether you’d catch anything (explains the ‘dangling’).  Still, even if you don’t catch the tea, you can always bring a few sandwiches with you and have them at one of the picnic benches beside the lake. Bliss!

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The photos I actually took today (to fulfill the 365 aspect) are below – more night time shots. John was out back earlier cutting a piece of metal to shape and I couldn’t resist grabbing the camera and trying to capture the patterns of the sparks flying.

I hope my car is fixed soon or there could be sparks of a different sort flying.

angleGrinder Angle Grinder

25 of 365 pix – Places to visit in Tipperary – Kilcooley Abbey

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I’m very glad I started this 365 project.  Over the last couple of weeks I’ve gotten to see parts of the country that I don’t think I’d ever have seen only for starting it.  (I knew there was a reason I wanted to be an auctioneer all those years ago – all that driving around, looking at the countryside.)

I drove to Gortnahoe (Gurt na who?) today.  Now, I’ve been through Gortnahoe before and have never given it a second thought, but I think I would have paid more attention if I’d known this magnificent abbey was just a little further out the road.

Kilcooley Abbey

Kilcooley Abbey

The SatNav brought me straight to the location…almost. SatNav Sally (as I’ve come to call her) announced that I’d arrived at my destination alongside a very high stone wall that seemed to run for miles with not an abbey in site.

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24 of 365 pix – Places to visit in Tipperary – Tubrid Church and Graveyard, Ballylooby

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I thought I’d do a ‘Guess where’ for this post. This is definitely a lesser known spot.  Sure…it took me two days to find it! 😉

Hint: It’s on the road from Ardfinnan to Ballylooby and a well known clergyman is interred there.

Update: Location recognised by @jtcurragh (HistoricGraves.com)

 

Tubrid Church and Cemetary, Ballylooby

Tubrid Church

 There are actually two churches on this site. Pictured above is St. John’s, a 19th Century Protestant Church.  Building of the church was completed in 1820, and in 1919 the church was abandoned.  Since then it has slowly deteriorated and is now roofless.

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22 of 365 pix – Places to visit in Tipperary – Kilkieran High Cross

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Today’s site is really more Kilkenny than Tipperary, although there are a few references to it on the internet as being in Tipperary.  I’ve included it here because it’s on the Tipp/Kilkenny border and is only five minutes drive from another similar site that I’ve been to already.

Kilkieran High Cross

Kilkieran High Cross

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