It’s been a quite month for ruin hunting, so yesterday whilst dropping my nephew back up to Dublin I seized the opportunity to stop of at a few sites en route. The first site we encountered was the old ruins of a medieval church in the townland of Harristown. Unfortunately I made a fatal error, as I had not checked my batteries. So I had a camera with no power, even the backup set I use were dead. As you could imagine I was kicking myself, and Scott & Ryan were disappointed that there would be no adventure for the afternoon. I was just about to leave for Dublin, when I decided to give the site a once over with the camera on my smart phone. It’s a HTC1 with a 4 Ultra pixel camera, and takes a good shot, but obviously has certain limitations.
The ruins of the church in Harristown can be found up a very narrow country lane. It’s your typical limestone rectangular structure of the time which has become overgrown with Ivy. Resting in the middle of a rectangular shaped cemetery, with a gated wall to the front. The other three boundaries consist of bushes which separate the site from the surrounding pasture lands. On entering the site there are a variety of mixed grave markers from Celtic, metal cross, kerbed, table and single markers, both surrounding and inside the church walls. Whilst burials seem to have taken place here between the 18th – 21st centuries, the majority seem to be from the 19th-20th century.
Facing the enterance gate on the outside of the west gable lays a fenced plot which dates from the 19th century. The remains of an arched enterance can be found in the south wall, with the east wall completely gone with a decent part of the North wall missing. Interestingly the remains of granite basin what can only be described as an early baptism font has survived over the years and can be found in the center of the church ruins. The grounds although uneven appear to be well kept and the runs are rather tranquil with the exception of the odd noise from farm animals in the distance.