Any visitor to Ireland cannot help but notice just how many abandoned and derelict churches there are and here I am not speaking about Monasteries I am referring to ordinary, small village churches. I have spent an age trying to pin-down exactly why there are so many.
The one pictured here was vacated in 1818 before the great potato famine of 1846 but I have been unable to find out why. The first record of a church on this site was in 1302 and this now derelict church was built in 1721. The only possible solution I have come up with is that in 1818, the Board of the First Fruits granted a loan of 600 pounds and a new church was built in Baltimore.
Interestingly, each abandoned church we explored was still in use as a cemetery and from we could see both Catholics and Protestants shared the hallowed ground.
This shot of Tullagh church was taken at the day’s end when the rain has stopped. Exploring the place earlier was a rather wet and slippery experience.
The Board of First Fruits was set up by the Church of Ireland (a branch of the Anglican Church) to enable a program of church building throughout the country so that everyone had a church within walking distance. There were four suggested church plans and it is possible to see examples of these in many different locations in Ireland.
The Board of First Fruits was established in 1711, when the revenue from annates was transferred from the Crown to the Established Church. Annates consisted of a proportion of the stipends of all clergy presented to a living during the first year of their holding the benefice. Until the Reformation they had been payable to the Pope. The Board of First Fruits was initially charged with using the income from annates to buy back impropriate tithes from lay owners, any surplus being devoted to the building and repair of churches and glebe houses. The latter function eventually became the primary one. From 1777 the fund was supplemented with a number of grants from the Irish parliament and from 1801, more substantially, from the Union government. In 1808 Parliament consolidated the Board's various sources of revenue into one account, doubled the size of its annual Government grant and gave it greater freedom of operation. The grant was further increased in 1810, and a system of interest-free loans from the Treasury established. These moneys supported a major programme of building, repairing and enlarging the churches and glebe houses of the Established Church throughout Ireland. With the passing of the Church Temporalities Act in 1833, the Board was dissolved (The Church of Ireland: Ecclesiastical Reform and Revolution, 1800-1885)
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Romano46 (11461) 2013-10-10 9:07
Tutta la bellezza dell'Irlanda è concentrata in questa foto. Ci sono i suoi verdi splendidi, le sue belle acque e le costrruzioni di pietrain rovina piuttosto diffuse nel territorio,
Una composizione eccellente alla quale la barca con il suo riflesso nell'acqua offre una note di ulteriore bellezza.
Ciao e buona giornata
cornejo (22496) 2013-10-10 9:12
Hi Rosemary, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting composition of the demolished church and the beautiful boat at anchor on calm sea background. perfectly composed and captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
ikeharel (43975) 2013-10-10 9:20
Good evening Rosemary,
Fabulous light after the rain, contributed a wonderful colors of the green and blue.
The scene is divided equally over pic. space, and good DOF collected.
I learned that most of the old churchs had a wooden roof-tops back in time, that did not survive fires and storms through the time passed.
The boat is a lovely bonus element on image.
pyffepa (623) 2013-10-10 9:27
Nostalgia of old stones and fall combined and in a nice photograph.
I'm just disturbed by that boat on water but whatever your picture is admirable.
emilbo (21477) 2013-10-10 9:41
Pas oubliée... surtout par les visiteurs et les photographes dont le sujet est des plus intéressant. Belle prise de vue avec une excellente perpective. Le petit voilier et ses reflets ajoutent de l'intérêt à la scène. Bel avant-plan de verdure et bons détails de ce qui reste de la vieille église.
Toutes mes amitiés,
PaulVDV (17243) 2013-10-10 10:17
Excellent sharp capture of the walls of this derelict church. Somehow, these ruins look like an integral part of the Irish landscape. Perhaps because so many of them exist. Perhaps because nature has partly overgrown them, like on this picture.
Very beautiful with the surrounding landscape. The boat is located on the ideal place on the picture with the reflected masts neatly between the wall remnants.
Best regards, Paul
rbassin (13303) 2013-10-10 10:30
bien vu, une petite église sortie de l'oubli grâce à votre photo.
Le plan d'eau avec ses reflets sont aussi très agréables.
Noel_Byrne (13314) 2013-10-10 11:03
Another beautiful Irish sight, and I love the boat in the background that looks like a flag, a little burst of color in this lifeless place. Its a beautiful composition no only for the church, but also the beautiful rich colors and fascinating reflection of the backdrop of the shore and its plant life, then the scene stretches off into the distance in a lovely rainy irish mood. Class :)
As for the number of churches, I think your idea for new ones being built is probably a common reason. I know many places in Meath where the old church stands abandoned beside the newer ones built in 80's or 70's, I guess they don't want to pull them down and as a photog, I 100% agree! I know a lot of the places I visit were shut down under the orders of good old Henry VIII, but like you note many were not and fell apart of their own accord. It would be a beautiful series.
Thanks also for the link you shared, I have gotten some great inspiration from that site, and have visited a few places from it. I did visit Arch hall, didn't get particularly good shots and its hard to visit as its on private land, but I must see if I can dig a half decent one out.
worldcitizen (5617) 2013-10-10 11:30
This is so typically Irish. The abandoned church and its cemetery are certainly interesting, but so is the landscape, and the small boat in the water. I suppose the roofs were not built as strongly as the rest of the structure, since you always find these abandoned churches or cottages with only the walls still standing. I'm guessing the roofs were thatched. Thanks for the lovely view. :-)
Fis2 (76958) 2013-10-10 12:45
Excellent colors and sharpness.
I like it.
mkamionka (27069) 2013-10-10 13:43
beautiful picture. I am so very impressed with the great quality here. This summer was unusually great here on the islands and you were really lucky to visit Ireland in this unique time. As mentioned before I lived in Cork for 2 years so your photos wake some sentiments. Very attractive effect due to the low light situation. The colors are so well saturated, ruins well placed to have partially the bay as a background, multiple layers make a wonderful composition, and the depth of the field is stunning. Just at the very horizon we can see some fog which is as you said probably due to the fact that it has just stopped raining. The boat was also caught in a great place and water surface was smooth enough to provide 100% reflection.
macjake (45588) 2013-10-10 14:35
excellent photo. When I think of Ireland, its scene's like this that often pop up in my mind.
so is this the typical weather you encountered each morning? :)
I absolutely love seeing these ruins, and its funny how the rooftop is seemingly the first thing to go, but the structures holding the rooftop at each end remains.
Trying to imagine how this looked in its prime back in the 17-1800's is daunting, i bet it was strikingly rustic yet beautiful.
another fine post for te, love the colors and light despite the weather
daddo (20639) 2013-10-10 15:39
Hi Rosemary. i don't know whether charming is the right word, considering the state of the church and the tombstones, but there is something peaceful and lovely here. The stillness, the reflections, the little yacht,the ivy... so much in this image creates a sense of repose and the fleetingness of life. Regards. Klaudio.
carlo62 (19399) 2013-10-10 22:49
un luogo incantato, dove sembra essersi fermato il tempo, unico richiamo al presente, la barca colorato con il suo bel riflesso.
Un bel contrasto tra i due soggetti che rende ancor più accattivante la foto.
jjcordier (67214) 2013-10-10 22:50
En plus grand format, on apprécie encore mieux la beauté et la richesse de ta composition que le voilier et son reflet complètent très bien.
emka (64142) 2013-10-10 23:42
Hi Rosemary, What a fabulous view. I like all there, the ruined church covered with moss, old graveyard long time forgotten, lovely landscape and this small boat. Splendid composition. Now we can enjoy wonderful irish landscapes from you and from Lisa.
dkmurphys (42483) 2013-10-11 0:24
Attractive capture of this beautiful calm place. I like the fresh green colors and the composition. Well taken.
krzychu30 (12651) 2013-10-11 0:42
it´s just amazing how the weather helped you to bring out and to saturate colors(especially green shades are fabulous!).Looks like the time short after the rain is great for photographers.
But apart from the color scheme I like your vision of the scene.Your POV allows us to admire the ruins of the church against so lovely lake.
Fabulous composition with strong graphics!
A real pleasure to admire.
Have a nice weekend
Royaldevon (21415) 2013-10-11 3:18
I'm afraid the abandonment of churches id=s gathering momentum throughout England, too. We have just had a questionnaire debating what should happen to the beautiful churches in our area. We have four churches which, together, create a congregation to sustain one church. There have been suggestions to change use, add further activities or just pull them down! It is heart wrenching but they no longer serve the needs of the community.
This is a lovely photograph, beautifully composed and balanced but the roofless building with its tenant graves does raise a lump in your throat.
Have a great day,
timecapturer (37064) 2013-10-11 4:01
a tender and intensely beautiful shot this. It looks so tranquil and a wonderful last resting place. Execution and presentation perfect.
Have a great weekend - Brian.
Cricri (92167) 2013-10-11 5:22
Très bon choix du POV en hauteur sur les ruines de l'église, des pierres tombales, l'arrière plan avec les reflets , le plus avec la présence du bateau, très belle présentation et couleurs fraiches de l'Irlande
williewhistler (9845) 2013-10-11 6:10
despite,or it may be because of the overcast conditions the colours and details jump out of my screen, even though there is a melancholic look about the Church and its surroundings there is still a lot to enjoy in this nicely composed shot.
Kindest regards Les.
Sergiom (45398) 2013-10-11 6:13
J'aime bien la texture de cette image. Elle ressemble à une peinture d'un très beau coin de pays et faite par un très grand artiste. Cette maison semble assez solide pour y remettre un toit.
lgir (6651) 2013-10-11 7:50
I love these colors, the atmosphere in this region. The contrasts are striking. Pretty rendered on your composition with an image of a nice depth and good contrast.
dekanski (1067) 2013-10-11 10:35
Another magnificent, so Irish landscape! The composition is brilliant. The position of the boat is beautiful.
Text, as always, very informative. TFS!
ChrisJ (91276) 2013-10-11 15:39
Good evening Rosemary,
Your title reminded me of the old Corr's song 'Forgiven not forgotten' so a surprise to see the focus here is the ruined church(es) rather than any human relationship. The red white and blue yacht in the highly reflective bg water is a superb focal point & the note is interesting and informative. Sharpness and lighting are superb. Tfs!
Silvio1953 (105467) 2013-10-12 1:53
Ciao Rosemary, great view of fascinating old ruines, beautiful light, fantastic reflections and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
annjackman (15529) 2013-10-12 6:21
There is a lovely mixture of softness in the BG and crisp, well saturated colour on the FG. You carefully took it so that the small boat is nicely placed in the frame and it has not become confused with the old church or BG. The stonework of the crumbling church is beautifully sharp with plenty of detail to show.
A peaceful scene and one to savour - very well done.
Kind Regards, Ann
jcpix (6536) 2013-10-12 18:29
Just from the pictures alone here on TE I would have to agree with your assessment of the number of ruined buildings throughout Ireland! :) It's sad too see so many that have been all but forgotten, but they sure do make for very interesting and engaging photo opportunities.
I absolutely love how you've put this one together, the in depth layering of the landscape as it progresses into the distance gives us a wonderful look at the many elements in play. Amazing how vibrant and green the foreground is, it's made for nice contrast and even a burst of color. Such a calming and peaceful atmosphere rendered, this really is beautiful! Very well composed and executed all the way around. Hope you're having a nice weekend.
ifege (9899) 2013-10-14 1:56
Beautifully done Rosemary
One of those classic ruins you find around the SW of Ireland - superb setting and colour.
abmdsudi (32471) 2013-10-14 8:30
This shot has been exposed correctly, because there are details in both the highlights and the shadows. Also, I see it is sharply in focus from foreground to background with amazing depth of field. This derelict church is an excellent choice of subject but what a shame it has been left to get to this state, derelict and abandoned but sometimes that is what makes it more special. Pity some architecture is allowed to decay in such a lovely remote setting. Wonderful capture and great notes too, Congrats
Angshu (52890) 2013-10-16 23:03
Very interesting notes indeed! So what is the reason for the churches being abandoned? Is it the dwindling population?
I like a lot the composition where you used the church to book-end frame the boat and the reflection in the perfectly placid water. Though sun light seems to be at a premium here, the details are fantastic, especially visible on the stones of the church.
maloutim (9467) 2013-10-20 6:16
This is so typically Irish ! The ruined church and the cemetery in the middle of nowhere overlooking the lake.
Lovely, sharp reflection of the boat.
I also like the contrast between the lush, green vegetation in the foreground and the barren moor opposite with its nice reflection in the lake.
Thanks for sharing.
mcmtanyel (5219) 2013-10-23 12:39
What a beautiful photo! The colors are rich and brilliant, the the sharpness is faultless. It has lovely reflections off the water. And it has one solitary boat anchored in safety, between the gables of the old church building. It is the precise positioning of that boat that has made this photo. I try to teach my engineering students that attention to detail is paramount in their work. The same is more or less true in photography: Attention to detail is what distinguishes a work of art from a snapshot. Thank you for this true work of art!