St. Cuthbert’s Church, Kilmahuddrick

St. Cuthberts

On a recent expedition I by chance found another of these ruined medieval churches near Bawnogue in Clondalkin. Known locally,  as Kilmahuddrick or St. Cuthbert’s. These ruins seem to be a dime a dozen lately as im finding them nearly everywhere I go. The ruin can be easily found in St. Cuthbert’s  Park but has nature attempting to reclaim the structure it has been badly vandalised. Kilmahuddrick Church was a  fifteenth century church belonged to the monks of the Abbey of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

St. Cuthberts (1)

St. Cuthberts (2)

It was dissolved 1539, and was dedicated to St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne. It comprises nave and chancel with a broad arch. An early mention of the church comes in 1186 when one Master Osbertus of Clondalkin gives to the monks the lands of Balichelmer with the chapel and tithes there. After the dissolution of the monastery, the church and the parish of Newgrange was united to the Anglican parishes of Clondalkin and later Tallaght. The Park also contains a nearby graveyard which is linked to the ruin and a possible moated site all of which are listed with the National Monuments service as recorded Monuments.

St. Cuthberts (2)

St. Cuthberts (3)

St. Cuthberts (4)

St. Cuthberts (5)

St. Cuthberts (6)

St. Cuthberts (7)

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Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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30 Responses to St. Cuthbert’s Church, Kilmahuddrick

  1. Beautiful photos. Almost surreal.

  2. Moody and gorgeous. Excellent work!

  3. Beautiful black and white effect, it really creates an old school feel.

  4. jongadventures says:

    Thanks for checking out our blog! I have to say that you have very hauntingly beautiful pics. Keep up the good work!

  5. Jo Woolf says:

    Superb! I love the magnificent archway and bell tower, and the interior shots.

  6. Aine says:

    Love the arch…awesome pix!

  7. syvels says:

    Wow! Nice shots! 🙂 Keep it up!

  8. Andy says:

    Came on here to thank you for visiting me at City Jackdaw-but soon got sucked into these photographs. Dark and atmospheric, I love them. You found this place by chance, but it must have become a highlight?

  9. ShadyLestrangey says:

    very nice shots of a very nice medieval ruin!

  10. A. Mittal says:

    Captivating pictures 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

  11. The B&W conversion works well for these photos. Makes for a moody and sinister image.

  12. Nativegrl77 says:

    Love the B&W’s

  13. mtracy1973 says:

    Hi Ed, as a child I used to climb these ruins. I was searching for them online and saw your pictures..Very nice. I am haunted alot by the gravestones that used to lie just below the south wall of the church. I was hoping you might have got a few photos. I moved from Bawnogue in 87 and now live in Canada, please let me know if you got some photos. Ill trade amazing stories of the church for them.

    • Wow, what a small world. I would love to hear stories about the old place but sadly I dont have any images of any grave stones, from what i remember a large portion of the church was surrounded by bramble and bush any remains of gravestones may have been removed. I did have a go at pushing through the bushes, not a great idea in shorts. but could not see any sign of a graveyard.
      The church now sits in the middle of parklands within a housing estate, Im not sure how it looked in your day, but maybe the council removed these stones?
      If I come across anything further, ill let you know!

  14. Brendan Gorman says:

    Hi there Ed .

    Really nice photos posted above relating to a Medieval Church of ( Kilmahudderick )
    Francis Jordan – a Pawnbrokers assistant was the last interment in it’s Graveyard .

    He was relatively young when he passed away and left a Wife and child .
    In his will – he left £ 110 if my memory serves me correctly .
    His Headstone – long gone by now but was very legible back in 1983 .

    At the bottom of the Headstone was etched the words . . . Such and such Makers of Headstones of Chapel Street Dublin .

    Well , that got me thinking – Why a Headstone from the City Centre located in one of our better known address I.e Capel Street – what was the reasoning behind it’s purchase given the location of Clondalkin over 120 years ago and access to this particular obscure Cemetery .

    Transportation of the Headstone with no motorized vehicles ( Car’s ) not being in existance at that time ( 1890 s ) how then did they deliver it and by what means of transport ?

    Left scratching my head at that one until I thought a little more in the moment , yes . . . 3 possibilities – ( 1 ) we had a Rail line nearby Dublin Heuston Station to Galway – ( 2 ) Our very own Grand Canal which cost £260,000 at the time of construction circa 1770s equivalent to the cost of The Eiffel Tower some hundred years later in 1879 .

    That was possibility number ( 2 )
    Transportation by Canal from the back of St.James Hospital at Rialto or further up at Portobello Lock .
    Alternatively # ( 3 ) a journey by Horse and Cart from the Monumental Headstone Sculptures at Chapel Street Dublin .

    Let’s get back to the beginning Brendan , ha .
    Now , where were we – ah yes the connection between one Francis Jordan – quite possibly the last interred soul to be laid to rest in this Graveyard of Killmahudderick in Bawnogue Clondalkin .

    I decided upon doing a little research at the Births – Deaths registry office situated at Four Courts Buildings close to Chapel Street .
    Low and behold to my surprise and a little astonishment at my personal discovery – there it was wrote down in an old Ledger Book – the date the Deceased name verified in black and white .

    This was tangible real evidence of one Francis Jordan – A Pawnbrokers assistant who’s place of work was located at – wait for it . . . Chapel Street Dublin – and right next door was located . . . yes you guessed it correctly The Monumental Headstone Sculptures ! !

    So the jigsaw was coming together before my very eye’s – not exactly a Howard Carter like discovery of King Tut’s Sarcophagus in The Valley of the Kings in 1922 but none the less a personal discovery for me with a sense of connectivity .

    Francis Jordan R.I.P. well and truely existed .
    Was a Pawnbrokers assistant as I say and worked next door in Capel Street Dublin , hence upon hearing of his death by his employers or relatives it must have been the place of choice to purchase his fitting memorial for his final resting place at Killmahudderick Graveyard – it is possible he lived in Clondalkin Village or nearby .

    So there you go folks – there goes the ramblings of a then amateur Historian to a successful conclusion .

    Quite amazing don’t you think – we walk this earth but for a short time in the scheme of thing’s so at the very least it’s nice . . . Not to be forgotten .

    Well Francis Jordan – you are not forgotten – Not now at least R.I.P.

    What a difficult time it really must have been back then as is now , to have left lived ones behind to mourn their loss – whatever the means of transport for his Headstone by Barge on the Grand Canal by Train from Heuston to Clondalkin or more simply by Horse and Cart that Headstone arrived in this Cemetery over 120 years ago , I know . . . because . . . I saw it with my own eyes . . . back in the early 1980,s that and 20 others some legible some not one dated to the 1760,s .

    It is a source of shame none now remains in this year of 2018 all long since Gone .

    Beautiful photographs by the way Ed Mooney .

    Captivating , Haunting and Atmospheric – Well Done .

    Brendan Gorman .

  15. Brendan Gorman says:

    Hi there Ed .

    Really nice photos posted above relating to a Medieval Church of ( Kilmahudderick )
    Francis Jordan – a Pawnbrokers assistant was the last interment in it’s Graveyard .

    He was relatively young when he passed away and left a Wife and child .
    In his will – he left £ 110 if my memory serves me correctly .
    His Headstone – long gone by now but was very legible back in 1983 .

    At the bottom of the Headstone was etched the words . . . Such and such Makers of Headstones of Capel Street Dublin .

    Well , that got me thinking – Why a Headstone from the City Centre located in one of our better known address I.e Capel Street – what was the reasoning behind it’s purchase given the location of Clondalkin over 120 years ago and access to this particular obscure Cemetery .

    Transportation of the Headstone with no motorized vehicles ( Car’s ) not being in existance at that time ( 1890 s ) how then did they deliver it and by what means of transport ?

    Left scratching my head at that one until I thought a little more in the moment , yes . . . 3 possibilities – ( 1 ) we had a Rail line nearby Dublin Heuston Station to Galway – ( 2 ) Our very own Grand Canal which cost £260,000 at the time of construction circa 1770s equivalent to the cost of The Eiffel Tower some hundred years later in 1879 .

    That was possibility number ( 2 )
    Transportation by Canal from the back of St.James Hospital at Rialto or further up at Portobello Lock .
    Alternatively # ( 3 ) a journey by Horse and Cart from the Monumental Headstone Sculptures at Capel Street Dublin .

    Let’s get back to the beginning Brendan , ha .
    Now , where were we – ah yes the connection between one Francis Jordan – quite possibly the last interred soul to be laid to rest in this Graveyard of Killmahudderick in Bawnogue Clondalkin .

    I decided upon doing a little research at the Births – Deaths registry office situated at Four Courts Buildings close to Capel Street .
    Low and behold to my surprise and a little astonishment at my personal discovery – there it was wrote down in an old Ledger Book – the date the Deceased name verified in black and white .

    This was tangible real evidence of one Francis Jordan – A Pawnbrokers assistant who’s place of work was located at – wait for it . . . Capel Street Dublin – and right next door was located . . . yes you guessed it correctly The Monumental Headstone Sculptures ! !

    So the jigsaw was coming together before my very eye’s – not exactly a Howard Carter like discovery of King Tut’s Sarcophagus in The Valley of the Kings in 1922 but none the less a personal discovery for me with a sense of connectivity .

    Francis Jordan R.I.P. well and truely existed .

    Was a Pawnbrokers assistant as I say and worked next door or in the vicinity of the Monumental Sculptures in Capel Street Dublin , hence upon hearing of his death a decision was made by his employers or his relatives to acquire one .

    This premises must have been the place of choice to purchase his fitting memorial for his final resting place at Killmahudderick Graveyard – it is possible he lived in Clondalkin Village or nearby .

    So there you go folks – there goes the ramblings of a then and still amateur Historian to a successful conclusion .

    Quite amazing don’t you think – we walk this earth but for a short time in the scheme of thing’s so at the very least it’s nice . . . Not to be forgotten .

    Well Francis Jordan – you are not forgotten – Not now at least R.I.P.

    What a difficult time it really must have been back then as is now , to have left loved ones behind to mourn their loss – whatever the means of transport for his Headstone by Barge on the Grand Canal by Train from Heuston to Clondalkin or more simply by Horse and Cart that Headstone arrived in this Cemetery over 120 years ago , I know . . . because . . . I saw it with my own eyes . . . back in the early 1980,s that and 20 others some legible some not one dated to the 1760,s .

    It is a source of shame none now remains in this year of 2018 all long since Gone .

    Beautiful photographs by the way Ed Mooney .

    Captivating , Haunting and Atmospheric – Well Done .

    Brendan Gorman .

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