Church/St. Paul’s, Cahir

Beyond the Brush

St. Paul’s Church is suitably located on Church Street in Cahir in County Tipperary, Ireland.  It is a John Nash design, built in 1817 and one of only two known churches that Nash designed.

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It is also the only one with most of its original interior, including the decoratively-carved pine pews, with individual doors …

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The cost of construction was 2,307 pounds, a rather large amount at the time.  Perhaps the fact that Nash was private architect to King George IV upped the fee.

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A number of details caught my eye …

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Killongford’s Lost 8th Century Cross Inscribed Stone

Community Archeology Waterford County

In 1910 a rare 8th century AD cross inscribed stone was discovered on the south bank of the Brickey River at the foot of the Drumhills, Co Waterford. This type of inscribed cross-slab is a usually found at early Irish monastic sites and as the period progressed these simple cross designs became more ornate. What is exciting about this find is that Christianity was becoming widely accepted into Irish society in the 7th/ 8th centuries AD and the presence of such an early stone may suggest its early influences in Dungarvan. Curiously a large bullaun stone was also found at the site a few years later and moved to Dungarvan church yard by Rev. P. Power. Bullaun stones are also usually associated with early Christian sites and in recent months a second bullaun stone has been discovered one km/west on the opposite side of the Brickey River.

Robert A.S. MacAlister…

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Holy Cows. The Miraculous Animals of the Irish Saints: Part 8, St Patrick and his Goat

Pilgrimage In Medieval Ireland

I cant believe that I have reached number eight  in my series of blog posts on the Irish saints and their animals. St Patick has previously featured with his miraculous cow  and he makes an appearance again on account of his association with a magical goat.  I’m very grateful to Christy Cunnliff the Galway Archaeological  Field Officer for telling me about this story. Christy also writes the Galway Community Archaeology Blog.

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As far as I know the story of St Patrick and his goat occurs in folklore in only two areas of Ireland,  Co Galway and Co Dublin. If anyone has come across this story or variation of it elsewhere in the country  Id be delighted to hear from you.

The story of St Patrick and His Goat from Co Galway

St Patrick and his goat appear in the folklore…

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#OTD in Irish History – 21 August:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1693 – Death of Jacobite and soldier, Patrick Sarsfield. Born in Lucan, Co Dublin, he was created the first Earl of Lucan and belonged to an Anglo-Norman family long settled in Ireland. His father Patrick Sarsfield married Anne, daughter of Rory (Roger) O’Moore, who organised the Irish Rebellion of 1641. The family was of Norman origin (by this time, known as “Old English”) and possessed an estate with an income of £2000 a year. Patrick, who was a younger son, entered Dongan’s Regiment of Foot on 6 February 1678.

1791 – Birth of the word ‘quiz’ (allegedly and disputed). Richard Daly, a theatre proprietor in Dublin, makes a bet that within 48 hours he can introduce a new word into the English language. After the evening performance, Mr. Daly distributes cards to all the staff with the word written on it, and instructs them to write it on walls all…

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10 Reasons Ireland Surprised Me

The Mindful Mermaid

Before I picked up and moved to Cork City on a whim with a working holiday visa, I had never been to Ireland before. All I knew was that it was a little green island filled with lots of pubs and rain.

After spending almost a month living on the Emerald Isle thus far, I’ve completely fallen in love with this scenic country as well as all the quirks of Irish culture. In many ways, my new home has much more to offer than I initially expected.

Here are the 10 ways Ireland Surprised Me:

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