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As part of my recent ruin hunt with my eldest son Ryan which saw us explore the Pigeon House and the remains of the ecclesiastical site at Old Kilcullen, we also managed to stop of at the old ruined church and graveyard at Fontstown. I had first come across this site by accident back in early 2012, so as Ryan had never been here and we were in the area I decided it was time for a return visit. The ruins at Fontstown are just five minutes up the road from another similar Church Ruin in Nurney, but time restrictions did not allow a return visit here. Not much has changed here since my last visit, the graveyard is kept in fairly good order but inside the crumbling walls of the church could do with a clean up.

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On my previous post about Fontstown , two years ago, I really knew nothing about its history. Too be quite honest, there does not seem to be much mention of it in records, however I did manage to find out a few interesting facts regarding this structure. With much of the grave markers dating from 18th to 19th centuries the church is significantly much older. It was previously referred to as ”Villa Fonti” and dates back to the early occupation of Ireland by the Anglo Normans. By the 13th century it was recorded as being in a ruinous state. among the rubble and ivy clad ruins there are trace signs of the building going under some re-building work, perhaps in the late 18th, early 19th century.

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The remains of the church and chancel are rectangular, with the north and south walls hailing from the medieval period. Both the east and west gable walls appear to have been rebuilt. There is a partial doorway in the west gable wall and two windows in the south side wall. The east gable contains a single round headed arch window, with some signs of red brick and a bell cote. I have read that the remains of a broken font can be found on the grounds, but unfortunately I could find no trace of it. The entire site is enclosed within a stone wall to the east and south, with double gates and two stiles at the entrance and hedging to the west and north sides. The site is very peaceful and interesting for a quick look around, but with no major historical associations or artefacts to find you would not need to spend much time here. The entire country is littered with these small chapels which date back as far as early Christian times right up until the late 18th, early 19th century, which are a dime a dozen. However I will always stop of to take a look around a new find, because you just never know what you might find!

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About edmooneyphotography

Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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42 Responses to Return to Fontstown

  1. quarksire says:

    wow, very kewl, since u shoot a lot like i do an fer a lifetime it appears, have u evr got any abbynormal pics from the cemetaries and places like that,,, i have a folder fuill here, was wunderin if u do also ? 🙂 take care….. Q PS: evry time i see ur name i think of one of my dads freinds from many years back named walt mooney,,, who designed the mooney aircraft in the day and also was a glider and aero acrobat pilot……. a kewl guy,,,,, would imagine most mooneys are LoL.. love ur stuff by the way Q in colorado 🙂

    • Hi Q, Good to hear from you. I don’t have any images that I would describe as paranormal or abnormal. Although I did have a rather strange encounter last year at an old church with something unknown. You can check it out here, https://edmooneyphoto.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/an-encounter-at-skryne/
      Most images that you come across are either nice little Photoshop pics or can be explained such as orbs, which are normally dust spots on the camera sensor. I am by no means a skeptic, and have had a big interest in the occult and supernatural for many years, but I would always research stuff before labeling it as something different 🙂

  2. thom bradley says:

    Ed, I really enjoy your B/W photography… the subject matter is very interesting and different…. only thing I wold not want to visit them at night!

    • LOL, that is something I have not tried yet. Well not with a camera anyway. Back in my early 20’s I remember spending a couple of hours after midnight at Castleruddery Stone Circle, an interesting experience. Then during my teens I spent a couple of nights in various graveyards for a dare. Have to say I never had any bad experiences during these night time trips.
      My only strange experience happened lat year, during the daytime at an old church in Meath. You can read about it here. https://edmooneyphoto.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/an-encounter-at-skryne/

  3. James Keegan says:

    Great photos Ed. I enjoy reading about these adventures and the fact that you research the sites makes it even better.

  4. Thank you for liking “Fourth of July.” Great post! 🙂 I enjoy learning about these ruins no matter how small they are. We have some historical sites and graveyards dating back to the Gold Rush Days (about the mid-1800s or so) here in Sacramento, but I have not seen anything around here that is as old and as well-built as some of the ruins I have seen on your blog. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  5. Dawnasong says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  6. suej says:

    I love your enthusiasm for these old places, and the way you research the history….

  7. M T McGuire says:

    The second shot, especially, is just ace.

    Cheers

    MTM

  8. Working in the printing industry, Fontstown has an added meaning for me…nice post Ed!

  9. oh shivers Ed!! These are fantastic. I love the contrast with the colour of the little lad as heads into the forboding doorway!!

  10. LB says:

    The foliage growing on the walls is impressive. Walls crumble, but nature grows on …

  11. I like very much your pictures! The Black and white are superbe!

  12. archecotech says:

    Ed, Again a great post. Any chance you still want to be a guest blogger on “Life in Russia”?

  13. Interesting it dates back to the Anglo Norman period. I know the area but haven’t visited the church. I do know the Moat of Ardscull nearby which I know dates to the Norman period.

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