Tuesday, April 15, 2014

N is for Norman Ruins

Norman Ruins

Photo by Colette's Deise Views

The Augustine Abbey in Abbeyside was built by the McGrath family in 1290.  A well-proportioned building consisting of a chancel connected by an arch to the tower and a narrow nave. 

Photo by @Brian T McElherron shared by
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An archway leads into the nave. At the foot of the entrance is a slab with the Latin inscription:

“Hic iacet Donaldus Macrah qui obit XXVII die mensisi Marcii annno do’ MCCCC Septuagesimo”.         

“Here lies Donaldus Macrah who died on 27th March
 in the year of the Lord 1470”

Photo by Eddie Cantwell

The south wall has two large pointed windows and one smaller rounded one.

Photo by Eddie Cantwell

The large window in the east wall frames a picturesque view of the sea.

Photo by Clog

In December of 1649 Cromwell’s army marched from Waterford towards Dungarvan killing and maiming as he went. In an effort to wipe out Catholicism he destroyed religious property and churches, in his wake.The Abbey fell victim to Cromwell's ire. He attacked the Abbey and left it in ruins.  

Photo by Eddie Cantwell

The church was rebuilt in 1820 on the foundations of the Abbey. Rubble from the earlier building was integrated with the new. Also salvaged was the Abbey's coat of arms. A Griffin and three scallops shells. There is also a carving of a bishops head and carved capitals thought to be from the cloister.  

The ruins of the Augustinian Abbey, in Abbeyside, dominates the landscape of Dungarvan Harbour. 
A Magnificent View.
 A Beacon to those of us who call Abbeyside home. 


Carolyn Paul Branch said...

The Abbey is lovely, even in ruins. Thank you for sharing.

Mary said...

Hello Ann
Just joined your tour bus and I'm enjoying the ride so far. I'm enjoying visiting the little towns and slowly meandering along the scenic route. Great idea for kick starting the blog.

So lovely to have you 'back in town'.

Ann said...

The Abbey is truly beautiful. It has stood the test of time Carolyn. Thanks for stopping by.

Hello yourself Mary. Delighted you stopped by and you are enjoying my little tour around Dungarvan and Abbeyside. Will visit you shortly.

Denise Covey said...

Hi Ann. What a lovely idea for the A~Z and what a shame so few are dropping by. That's the trouble with the challenge, unless you visit a whole heap of bloggers, you get so few coming by.

I adore Ireland, have visited twice. Saw so many old ruins, but didn't know the history of half of them. The first castle I ever saw was looming right beside the road as we headed south from Dublin. What a treat.

Lovely to have you back in the blogosphere. I only hope you don't burn yourself out again! I will be back in a week or so to do another bulk read.

I invite you to consider posting to the WEP prompts I mentioned on my blog post. We write to a prompt every month. A lovely group, always a few newbies each time. You can just post a photo if you want. Expecting the entries to be down with the A~Z happening, but going ahead anyhow.


Mary Aalgaard said...

Great post on the Abbey, and wonderful photography. What an interesting life to divide it between WI and Ireland. Are you in Ireland now? Because here in the midwest, winter lingers on...and on...and on...
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Teresa Cypher said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for this guided tour of the ancient Abbey.

Henry VIII caused so much hardship for the people under his rule, and for many generations to come. His tiff with the church of Rome, all over the annulment he wanted that wasn't forthcoming...

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Ann - churches/abbeys have such interesting history don't they - they reflect the turmoils of our times ..

Stunning ruin to have nearby and then the rebuilt Abbey .. it looks amazing in the seascape setting ..

Cheers Hilary