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    1. The History
    Affane, meaning "Central Ford", is a small village in west County Waterford, Ireland. Here can be found the ruins of a Church of Ireland church, located within a graveyard. The parish church of Affane, listed as Athmethan and valued at over 6 in the ecclesiastical taxation (1302-1306) was located south of the ruins. By the mid-16th century it had been united with the church of Dungarvan, but in a visitation of 1588 it was in the Deanery of Ardmore. Earlier, in 1564, it was the scene of a battle between the Earls of Desmond and Ormonde, the latter defeated with the loss of 280 of his men.

    The church ruins can be found on the North side of the Cappoquin-Aglish road, two miles South from Cappoquin. It dates back from 1819 and in historical records from 1837, describe the church as a neat building built by the late Board of First Fruits using a loan of 500. It was built to a very simple design with a single-bay three-stage entrance tower on its west side. The Board of First Fruits was an institution set up to build and improve churches throughout Ireland in the 18th and early part of the 19th century. The graveyard has a large number of graves that mostly date back from between 1820 and 1920 and indicate there was a large Protestant community in the local area around this time.

    2. The Explore
    A very easy and relaxing explore on a pretty dull December morning. Not too much to say about it really. Affane House is nearby. On returning back to the UK saw some pictures of the aforementioned house and wished Id made the effort to have a look at it now.

    3. The Pictures

    The church tower:

    Affane 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Affane 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr



    Affane 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A view up the tower:

    img4886 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The main worshiping area. Small but atmospheric:

    Affane 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A little fireplace left high and dry:

    img4884 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Close-up of the main picture window:

    img4880 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4890bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Main window from the outside:

    Affane 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4892 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And on to the graveyard, most of which has been reclaimed by nature:

    Affane 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4876 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This grave in the foreground caught my eye:

    img4896 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On closer examination it has this rather unusual lead dedication plate, dedicated to the memory of Catherine Nugent:

    Affane 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The gates of Affane House which Id wished Id further investigated now!

    Affane 10 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A few more miles down the road is the church of Kilmolash, ruins of a multi-period church surrounded by a D-shaped graveyard. Parts date back to the late medieval period while others are as early as the 12th century:

    img4900 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4901 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    Thats nice, its quite similar to one I did in Cornwall... another I havent had time to post lol
    What the hell am I doing, I mean really at my age!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikinGlynn View Post
    Thats nice, its quite similar to one I did in Cornwall... another I havent had time to post lol
    Cheers mate. Shame I missed the house across the road.

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