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St. Dolough's Church
 

County

Dublin

Coordinates

N 53° 24' 54.5"   W 006° 10' 44.2"

Nearest town

Dublin

Grid Ref.

O 21136 42080

Map No.

50

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

37

Date of visit

Sunday 2 September 2012

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The cross and the church seen from across the R107.


An early religious building was built at this site in the 7th century by St. Dolough, who lived here as a hermit. It is said that he could have been a disciple of St. Finian and later he became a bishop. Five centuries later a new church, an Augustinian Abbey, was built here on the remains of the first one, and during the following centuries this church was altered and remodeled many times. St. Dolough's Church is one of the few Irish churches that still retain a stone roof, but this is the only one still used for religious services.
The church is aligned to the east (95°) and it's at close distance from the busy R107 road from Malahide to Dublin, but even worse than this it's the fact that it is perfectly aligned with the airstrip of the Dublin airport that is only 5 km to the west, so all the airliners flying to Dublin must fly at very low altitude right above the church. We stayed at this site for about 45 minutes and we counted not less than 20 roaring airplanes above our heads.


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