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Raheenaclig Chapel

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Hidden : 01/16/2011
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Raheenaclig Chapel
Short Walk From Car park at 53.195001,-6.08928

Just near the southern end of the esplanade at
Bray, a. little way up tho Tfead, very near the rail-
way line, there is a ehurcli ruin, which can be seen
quite plainly from every part of the esplanade ;
and it is well known in and around Bray, by the
name of Raheenaclig. The people say that it is
the oldest church in Ireland ; and the style of
masonry, especially of the two end windows, shows
that it can hardly be later than the eleven tli cen-
tury. It has long ceased to be used in any way,
but within the memory of the old people, uiibap-
tised infanta were buried in it.. Tlie name is very
plain, and represents almost exactly the sound of
the correct Irish form RaWiin-a' -chlaig, the little
fort of the bell. The story told by the name would
seem to be this : — that in far distant times, before
the erection of the church, Mass used to be cele-
brated in an old rath, which had remained there
from days still more ancient — for as I have men-
tioned elsewhere (1st Vol. J'art II., c. i.) open air
Masses were anciently very usual in Ireland ; and
that a bell was set up in the usual way, to call the
people ; which originated the name. After a
time, when a church came to be built, it was
natural that the old site should be chosen, and the
old name retained. There are some remains of
embankments near the church, but I saw nothing
that could be identified as a portion of a rath ;
which however is not to be wondered at, as the
ground has been cultivated up to the very walls of
the ruin.
Also apparently this church is Haunted - Read if you dare (visit link)

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