The Old New

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Evening light falls on the remains of the ‘New Church’ by Lough Gur, County Limerick. Originally dating from the 15th century when built by the Earls of Desmond, in 1642 it was described as a ruin. However, the church was restored in 1679 when Rachel, Dowager Countess of Bath (whose late husband had inherited a large amount of land in the area) presented a chalice and patten to what she described as her ‘chapel-of-ease’ as well as an endowment of £20 to provide for a chaplain. By the 19th century it once again became a ruin but conservation work was undertaken in 1900 on the instruction of the seventh Count de Salis, whose forebears had inherited the Bath estates here. Today the church is once more a ruin. Tradition has it that the composer and harpist Thomas Connellan who died nearby in 1698 is buried here in an unmarked grave.

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3 comments on “The Old New

  1. I love this peaceful churchyard with its stunning views of Loch Gur. Lovely to see you visiting Co. Limerick!

  2. nickdesalis says:

    Robert
    Do we know what happened to the chalice and patten?
    Nick

    • As far as I know they still exist (I have seen a photograph of them online) but where held I don’t know I’m afraid. I suspect they are probably in another church (Anglican) in the diocese – perhaps in St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick?

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