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photoblog image Ruins of Rathmullan priory

Ruins of Rathmullan priory

 

A notice on the site reads:

 

"Rathmullan Priory, build c. 1508, by Rory Mac Sweeney Fanad and presented to Carmelite friar Mac Sweeney of Connacht, 1516  Plundered by George Bingham (1595) and used as a barracks (1601) by Ralph Bingley.

 

In 1618 the nave or Western portion was adapted as a castle-residence by Bishop Knox.  Its garrison repulsed the Jacobite Duke of Berwick in 1689.  The chancel (Eastern) portion of the church continued as a parish church until its abandonment in 1814."

Ruins of Rathmullan priory

 

A notice on the site reads:

 

"Rathmullan Priory, build c. 1508, by Rory Mac Sweeney Fanad and presented to Carmelite friar Mac Sweeney of Connacht, 1516  Plundered by George Bingham (1595) and used as a barracks (1601) by Ralph Bingley.

 

In 1618 the nave or Western portion was adapted as a castle-residence by Bishop Knox.  Its garrison repulsed the Jacobite Duke of Berwick in 1689.  The chancel (Eastern) portion of the church continued as a parish church until its abandonment in 1814."

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Thailanddy plu
  • 13 Aug 2015, 02:18
They are lovely and furry, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Prickly, I think, with the bare ivy twigs smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Aug 2015, 07:28
Good heavens - it took me a while to see this was once a building Tom
Tom Wilson: Indeed! Preservation doesn't seem to be on the agenda!
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 13 Aug 2015, 07:54
I haven't seen an ivy-clad ruin like this since reading old guide-books years ago, Tom
Tom Wilson: It's quite amazing, isn't it?
Nature has almost reclaimed it Tom
Tom Wilson: Yup - I don't think it will have long to go - the sheer weight of the foliage is going to drag it down!
So sad to see this building in such a state Tom, yet, covered as it is in greenery, it exudes a certain beauty.
Tom Wilson: It is indeed, Chad - there's no entry to the site, for obvious safety reasons!
some look like celtic crosses
Tom Wilson: Yes, there are two or three of that style.
It just shows you how powerful Mother Nature is Tom! Great capture.
Tom Wilson: She conquers all in the end, Richard. Thanks.
Oh my! This living entity will take over the ruin but what a sight! I would love to see it. I have seen other shots over the years and have always been taken with it.
Tom Wilson: I'm amazed it is still standing at all - it really is time they stripped the ivy off and started preserving it properly - it's an amazing sight though!
After all that history nature seems to have taken it over.
Tom Wilson: Mother Nature defeats all history, Brian smile
very impressive... I wonder if the walls would still stand if you took away the foliage...
Tom Wilson: I suspect that whole chunks would come away, Larry - it really needs some TLC!
Amazing how Mother Nature likes to cover all trace of humanity here.
I was fascinated earlier this year finding this locally. http://pixiepixels.shutterchance.com/image/2015/07/06/house-of-ivy/

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