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Baldongan Church
 

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Dublin

Coordinates

N 53° 33' 11.2"   W 006° 07' 44.7"

Nearest town

Skerries

Grid Ref.

O 24047 57520

Map No.

43

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

69

Date of visit

Tuesday 27 May 2014

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The church that looks like a castle is at the end of the 60 metres long path.


This church is sometimes referred to as a castle, though the castle was a different building. The castle had been built in the 13th century by the Berminghams and stood north of the church. It was in total ruins after it was abandoned subsequently the Cromwellian attacks in mid-17th century. It was completely demolished sometime between 1976 and 2001.
The church was built much later than the castle, probably around 1450. The long church has a massive square tower on its west (270°) end and this might give a visitor the idea or the impression that this is the castle.
The church is at the end of a path. The destroyed castle would stand between the cattle gate and the church. Not much remains of the church. The north wall is the most intact, the south wall is more damaged, just like the east wall which shows traces of a large window. The massive and very tall square tower had the function of safe shelter for the priests who lived here. Many other churches in the Pale had the same feature, like Taghmon church and Balrothery church.
The building is about 32 metres long and 7 metres wide.

We came here for the first time on June 16th, 2001.


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