Sunday, 2nd January 2011

St. Doolagh's Church & wells - Balgriffin

This is one of the trips I lost when I had to swap to a new server after the hacking incident, so I am reentering them.

Over the last two years my wife has mentioned open days at a church in North Dublin and suggested we go. For various reasons we haven't, but recently several posts on the megalithomania forum have mentioned the church and, in particular its unusual holy wells. This seemed like a good enough trigger for me to finally go and see the church, although without the benefit of an open day. The service was on while I was wandering around, so I could have stayed and spoken to someone, but I didn't have much time.

The church - St. Doulagh's in Balgriffin - is a really interesting site. It is one of the only stone-roofed churches in Ireland still standing and it has the only freestanding baptistry left in the whole of Ireland. Much more should be made of this church and its features (including a lepers' window where sick people could receive communion) from a tourist point of view.

So, that's it: the first visit of 2011 done, and quite rightly inspired by my wife and the people who contribute to the forums here. Happy New Year to you all and may your visits be informative and enlightening!

Sites Visited On This Trip

St. Doolagh's Church - Balgriffin (Co. Dublin)Church9 New Images
Balgriffin - Balfriffin (Co. Dublin)Cross2 New Images
St. Doolagh's Well - Balgriffin (Co. Dublin)Holy Well6 New Images
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