Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Old Nurney Church Co Kildare

                                                  Above Image: Entrance stile

                                                 Above Image: Single window

An undemanding little ruin this. I Spotted it driving through Nurney in Co Kildare one afternoon so I thought I’d stop to have a quick look. A quick look was indeed the case as very little remains today of this small parish church of medieval origin which is nestled in the centre of the old graveyard. There is a stone stile in the boundary wall just to the left inside the gate of the new church that gives easy access or alternatively you can use a small metal gate positioned in the roadside wall. Ivy has encroached quite a bit on the ruin now but regardless of that it is still in a very poor state. The East gable is the most prominent remnant only distinguished by a single narrow window which is struggling desperately to hold its own against the rampant ivy. There are partial remains of the South wall but only scant foundations of the North and West walls left to see. To all intents and purposes this ruin is certainly going to ground. The vegetation will eventually put pressure on what remains. A shame really as another little part of history will disappear forever.

To find the ruin take the M7 Dublin to Limerick motorway and take the exit at junction 13. At the top of the exit ramp take the R415 signposted for Nurney. Drive for approx. 9KM and as you enter the village you will spot the graveyard on the right. You can park opposite the new Church.

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