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Kilternan Church
 

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Dublin

Coordinates

N 53° 14' 06.6"   W 006° 12' 07.56"

Nearest town

Dublin

Grid Ref.

O 20022 22040

Map No.

50

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

171

Date of visit

Sunday 5 June 2016

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The ruins of Kilternan church from roughly the north.


We were in the area to see the Kilternan Portal Tomb, but though we tried hard, we couldn't find it. It was well hidden behind a thick hedge of thorny gorse and a number of private properties!
But we found this nice old church which was probably built in the 12th century. It was the original church of this parish since the beginning of the 15th century. When in 1630 the parish was merged with the one of Bray and the lands went into the FitzWilliam family's hands the church fell out of use and it soon became a ruin.
The church is about 12 metres long and about 6.50 metres wide with walls 65 centimetres thick. The building is aligned southeast-northwest (120°-300°). The southeast gable stands almost to its full height and is the most intact part of the church. It has a narrow round-headed window with a round basin on its sill, probably the original baptismal font. The northwest gable is about half of it original height, the lintelled doorway has been walled up. The southwest and northeast walls are just outlined, but in the former one a Gothic doorway can still be seen.
Some more recent headstones can be found in the small graveyard around the church. The plot, which is higher than the surrounding area, is surrounded by a low stone wall at a junction.
The road to the southeast is narrow but busy.


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