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Balrothery Church
 

County

Dublin

Coordinates

N 53° 35' 11.5"   W 006° 11' 24.7"

Nearest town

Balrothery

Grid Ref.

O 19902 61131

Map No.

43

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

52

Date of visit

Wednesday 28 May 2014

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The northwest corner of the west tower was the staircase inside the tower itself.


This is another example of a church with a massive defensive tower on its west (270°) end, like Taghmon church and Baldongan church. In the Pale many churches felt the need to have a strong dwelling for the priests who lived there. The original church no longer exists, it had access to the tower from its nave.
The square west tower has three square corners with turrets that rise higher than the roof level. The northwest corner has a circular turret which contains a spiral staircase.
Apart from the beautiful west tower of this church, what really draws the attention of a smart visitor is the large number of beautiful grave slabs, some of them very old, back to the 1710's and 1720's.
A nice example of a mouth-puller, a medieval carving with the function to scare unwelcomed visitors and evil spirits, is set into the east wall of the more modern church, right under the east window. This is probably a heritage from the original church.
A few metres south of the church there's a ruined towerhouse, but it's inside a private property and no access was found on our visit. We only saw it from the churchyard.


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