Pictured here is St Macuilin's Church and part of its cemetery in the town of Lusk, North County Dublin.
St Macuilin founded a church here in the year 450, and this site gave birth to the town of Lusk. Stories from the area suggest that the saint lived in a cave, or had been buried in a cave, and that the name Lusk comes from the old Irish word Lusca, which means cave. The town is said to be the birthplace of the wife of Irish legend Cu Chulainn, her name being Emer. Even today, the name Emer remains popular in the town.
Lusk was burned to the ground numerous times in the 8th and 9th centuries, destroyed by marauding vikings on raids. These vikings would later found Irelands capital city; Dublin, 14 miles away.
This church that we see today is an important archeological site, with layers of architecture from different periods entwined. The traditional round tower dates from the 8th century, and is 27 meters high with a conical roof. When it was built, the doorway was 15 feet above the ground, today it is only 3 feet above ground.
The square tower into which the round tower is incorporated dates to the 15th century. The other three corners of the square tower are all matching. This square tower contains the medieval tombs of James Birmingham, as well as the double effigy tomb of Christopher and Marion Barnewall.
The church was built in 1847 in early English gothic style. It was consecrated in 1847, and its last ever service was in 1959. Today it is a local heritage centre and a very imposing structure in the town visible for miles from any approach road through the area.
Thanks for looking!
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jemaflor (98091) 2014-02-08 8:23
Good option for this frame, perfect with the church and the Fg, Good depth result, well done.
danos (98535) 2014-02-08 8:28
very nice the view as the presentation of St. Macuilin's church with the some of graves to complete the foreground scenery.I like the well chosen POV as the way that the church dominating on the backdrop of the scene.Well done.
tyro (25334) 2014-02-08 8:30
As soon as I saw your title, I was reminded of a church with a similar sounding name - St. Michan's Church in Dublin where I remember from forty years ago shaking hands with the mummy of the "Crusader". That was the one and only time I have ever visited Dublin - to be best man at a friend's wedding - so I really must make the effort to return sometime soon.
Again you have given us a wonderfully interesting note and also a delightful photograph. On this occasion, the light is much more favourable than in your last one and there are certainly no over- or under-exposed parts in the image at all. Again, your composition is excellent, the colours are true and the details and sharpness are exquisite.
pajaran (61244) 2014-02-08 8:35
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o staroj crkvi, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled ...
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepo pokazana stara arhitektura i detalji na fasadi, lepe boje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Interesting and good article about the old church, with a history and description of the ...
Nice view ...
Good footage and contrast nicely demonstrated the old architecture and details on the facade, beautiful colors.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
siudzi (34141) 2014-02-08 10:10
What a great presentation of this beautiful old church! Love your idea for the POV. It worked and gave a really nice and original result to the composition. A moody one! TFS!
cornejo (42971) 2014-02-08 11:25
Hi Noel, very good picture of these interesting buildings with interesting story, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light and color. Very good job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and good Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
carlo62 (49261) 2014-02-08 14:04
molto bella questa inquadratura verticale, ottima la messa a fuoco, dalla tomba, fino alle torri.
La chiesa è molto antica e ben tenuta.
Corry (4508) 2014-02-08 21:08
Point de vue bien choisi pour prendre cette photo de l'église et son cimetière. L'image permet de bien voir les détails architecturaux. Note intéressante. Bien fait.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-02-08 23:12
Un très bon cadrage vertical de cette église avec une bonne utilisation de la tombe en premier plan.
Indrasish (2939) 2014-02-08 23:49
How are you my friend.. wonderful shot by you.. I like the composition and the vertical framing.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. And thanks for your informative note too.. Very well done my friend..
Good afternoon and best wishes from Kolkata..
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-02-09 1:04
the church is beautiful!
But as the beauty of the church I enjoy here your presentation of it.Really well considered and composed scene with strong and expressive FG.Also the grey,gloomy sky contributes significantly to this unique mood of the scene.
Well done my friend!
Have a nice sunday
Hanssie (10802) 2014-02-09 1:29
Wonderful church you have here, Noel and made a fantastic photo with the foreground, just great !
Subhogen (4067) 2014-02-09 1:52
Seeing your photo of this church I wonder why it was abandoned. We have huge temple complexes in India where no religious ceremonies are held any more. Tourists and visitors visit them, but no religious ceremonies are held any longer. I wonder Why? Intriguing! Here you have a prefect photo of this beautiful abandoned church. Perfect choice of the tombstone to create FG interest. Well chose low POV and angle. The overcast sky goes with the photo very well. Very well done, thanks for sharing.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-09 4:25
Bella la composizione e straordinario il soggetto che è tra i tuoi preferiti.
Un'altra delle tue splendide visione delle ricchezze architettoniche dell'Irlanda.
Sempre complete e piacevoli le note.
Ciao e buona domenica
Fis2 (98653) 2014-02-09 9:01
Wonderful old archiecture.
Very impressive place.
Good frame and colors.
I like the stone tablets - super!
Have a nice evening
ourania (46364) 2014-02-09 10:02
this antique church is a very imposing structure with some unique architectural features incorporated in its style. Your low point of view has caused it to fill the frame and look awesome. There's excellent depth and perspective and the old tombs in the foreground add interest, enhance the solemn mood and balance the composition superbly. The grass has an attractive brightness that contrasts the harmonious, moody tones that prevail in the frame. The sharp and natural textures make great impact too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Royaldevon (39344) 2014-02-09 15:34
I really like how you have used this grave slab and monument as the first focal image in your shot. It sets the mood and by running parallel with the path, acts as a good lead.
The church is very interesting, combining the features of church and castle in its construction.
The light doesn't look excessively sunny but your photograph is sharply exposed with fine textural details and good colours.
My warm regards,
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-02-09 20:48
Hello Noel - The beautiful grave stone in the FG is itself worthy of a photograph and makes a marvelous detail in your shot. An interesting church which tracks the history of ecclesiastical buildings in Ireland, it is good to hear that it still serves a purpose even though not its original one. Nicely framed and exposed my only suggestion here is that you get rid of the chromatic aberration around the roof line. Warm regards Rosemary
mirosu (16265) 2014-02-10 5:54
Very nice photo with excellent details. The grave stones in foreground are very good focal point of this photo. There is a great use of depth of field to hold the viewer in the foreground grave stones as well as the small stone church in background, and the excellent lighting conditions have allowed for very good color saturation. The overall impact is very strong. Very well done.
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-02-11 2:31
I am sure I have mentioned it not once that your photos very often show Ireland exactly as I imagine it.
This church is not only very interesting piece of architecture but is has been presented very nicely with its surroundings. Celtic crosses and very old graves add very much to the climate of this picture and make it more complete.
The colors have been very nicely balanced, they are properly saturated while still natural.
Thanks for sharing
delpeoples (58348) 2014-02-11 3:09
Love the Gothic! I see your Inner Ghoul has emerged once again and you have been hanging around cemeteries which just get more and more intriguing. I like your composition here, the vertical frame contributes the depth that is already present. The way the tomb dominates the foreground, sets up the perfect lead-in for the church in the BG. And you did really well with the sky here. I bet it was a lot whiter and more blown out than we're seeing here and the fact I've had to guess is testament to your excellent PP skills. Great job once again.
Yours in Ghoulery
abmdsudi (54607) 2014-02-11 22:54
A sight full of tranquility symbolized by the imposing old church & gravestones. I love the feeling of antiquity on this image that absolutely conveys the atmosphere, the textures, type of architecture and the weather worn feel about the whole structures. The lay out is so splendid with excellent sense of height & depth. The punchy green livens the greyish day superbly. Thks to your useful historic notes and indeed a very intriguing visual representation. Congrats
jcpix (13930) 2014-02-12 15:34
I like when you take a posting break, it gives me a chance to catch up on your pictures. :) This one looks terrific in the larger size, it plays right into the vertical nature of the church and really highlights the triangular roof. So much style and shape packed into this construction, the castle-cathedral combo is quite interesting.
The table top setting in the foreground is just that, yeah? Not to be mistaken for a bench I hope, or if it is, doe's that seem a little unusual for you as well? The idea of sitting directly over the grave site would be a little unnerving for me!?
Wow, 1847 this was built...and the last service in 1959 is still older than a lot of what we have here in the States. Love the historical significance, and the fact it's still standing in what looks to be pretty darn good condition. Beauty composition with a solid foreground subject, which then easily leads to the secondary subject and up through the frame. Diffused light, color and textures are all combined splendidly. Enjoy the day ahead. Take it easy.
Cheers from the other side of the Atlantic,
Miguel82 (27646) 2014-02-14 9:25
Another patrimonial site perfectly enhanced dear Noel, I like the lemon green hues, excellent resolution, that church with old stones looks very old with an ancient cemetery, is it a clover (shamrock) on the church facade? The back part of the monument reminds me a castle, happy Valentine's day Noel
omid266 (6746) 2014-02-14 19:42
** Salam , Hi dear Noel ,
Thank you for sharing this nice work ,
This is another excellent picture of yours friend ,
An old and great Heritage of Humanity in Dublin ,
Very nice captutrd ,
All the best ,
adores (45641) 2014-03-06 7:19
Our cemeteries here are different. These old ones are really photogenic places, full of atmosphere and mystery. I like this pov and composition, with the old grave in foreground. The lichens add a lot!
kiks (12633) 2016-04-10 10:42
I realy like the way you playd with the vertical lines on this composition it creates a very strong image letting the eye travelled trough the picture.