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Garristown Church
 

County

Dublin

Coordinates

N 53° 34' 05.34"   W 006° 23' 04.08"

Nearest town

Ashbourne

Grid Ref.

O 07010 58798

Map No.

43

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

138

Date of visit

Friday 24 May 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

4
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The church in the graveyard of Garristown.


To the north end of the village of Garristown there's a graveyard with the ruins of a Church of Ireland church.

The building was erected at the end of the 18th century on the site of a former Catholic church.
The early church was built in 1200 when John Comyn, Archbishop of Dublin, granted the site to the Augustinians of the priory of Llanthony, in Monmouthshire, Wales, but it was abandoned and in ruin by 1630.

What we see today is a compact and roofless building with a tower on the west (270°) side. The tower has four pinnacles at the roof level.
The entrance is through a pointed doorway in the south side of the tower. All the other openings in the tower have been walled up. The nave has a large pointed east window and three south windows in the same style.

There are old and modern tombs in the graveyard, but I didn't see any headstone of particular interest.


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