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    This church known as the Old St Marys Church in Crumlin Village has a lot of historical value to it. It is usually locked up tight with chains and access is very hard. I had to meet meet with the Historian of the Church who was very helpful. The Church was built on the old monastic site and the owner of the land is not bothered fixing it up. We first started in the Graveyard where you can see some pretty old headstones, the oldest being Elenor Higgens of 1622. There is also remains of two old towers which people have been buried in. The Historian of the Church is not allowed to excavate so there are a lot of unexcavated parts of the cemetery. Most of the gravestones have sunken over the years and are barely unreadable. Over the main door of the Church Lies a plack quoting: "How dreadful is this place, none other is the house of god, and this is the gate of heaven" with a skull and crossbones over the top of it. The bones went missing in the 1990s. The doorway however is the newest part of the church, it was put in by the props team from the program "The Tudors". Anyway here are the pictures.







    The Tudors door..








































    Entrance to the tower which was blocked and unstable.


    Artifacts found in around the graves from early times.






    The burnt remains of the Alter.


    This is what remains of an old tower, a body was excavated from under the tree. They believe it was a lookout tower which looked over the Dublin mountains.


    This Stone has writing on the side facing doan but the historian is not allowed to touch this for legal reasons.


    This is the tunnel entrance that used to lead to an old house across the main road to which they used to store the bodies.


    This is the oldest headstone in the area, a Elenor Higgens of 1622


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    That's a great old church, it's nice to see the more unusual features such as the "body tunnel". It is a shame the relics have been left behind like that :(

    Nice work, you have captured this place well :)

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    Beautiful pictures and a lovely place, thanks for that.

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    This is nice. Gorgeous old graveyard, but sad to see the church in such a bad state.
    Love the tower...and those artefacts are wonderful!
    Good find and pics. :)
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    Thanks guys its a shame the place fell apart!
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