Medieval church tower, Head carving, Inscribed standing stone

The church at Balrothery, from the irish 'Baile na Ridire' (Town of the Knights), has a medieval defensive church tower built at the western end of the church. In the image shown left you can see the square tower with a circular stair turret on its western side. The only thing that may remains from the medieval church is a wonderful 'mouth puller' pictured bottom of page, it has been built into the walls of the modern 19th century church. The mouth puller is located at the eastern side of the church just above the inscribed stone, also pictured below. There are also a number of early grave markers located around the grounds of the church.

The inscribed stone has the appearance of a standing stone, it may have been re-used used as a grave marker and bears an inscription dating to 1731. Obviously the idea about recycling has been with us for quite awhile. There are lots of graveyards throughout Ireland with standing stones present. The 'Marigold stone' at Cloonlaur in Mayo, is a superb example of a christianised standing stone.

Situated: From Dublin take the M1 north, then take the first Balbriggan exit and follow the signs to Balrothery. The village is located on your right, as you leave the main road the church is located on your right as you enter Balrothery.

Discovery Map 43: O 1986 6115. Last visit Mar 2008.

Longitude: 6° 11' 24" W.

Latitude: 53° 35' 12" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey

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