'Tully Church' : Church

TownlandLaughlanstown
CountyDublin
Grid RefO 233 233
Longitude6° 9' 9.67" W
Latitude53° 14' 44.73" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBray (5.3 Km)
OS Sheet50
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Saturday, 9th February 2002

I have actually been here a couple of times before to see the crosses but then I was not adding old churches to this site and so never bothered recording it.

The church ruins are quite small and sweet (if you can say that about a church) but really the only reason to come here would be to see the crosses.

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Tuesday, 19th March 2002

Stopped by to see if I could find the engraved slab of the Dublin type like those at RathMichael. No sign of it I'm afraid.

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Thursday, 11th April 2002

Along with the crosses this is the only bit of Christianity to be included in my south Dublin tour today.

Tuesday, 21st June 2005

Summer Solstice. Just before 5am. The dawn chorus is deafening at times and the smell of elder flowers a nasal bombardment.

There are strong links between this church and St. Brigit and I believe these could actually be a folk memory of a much earlier sacred association of this place and the Celtic goddess Brigid.

We had come here to test a theory about the Solstice sunrise from this site. I think this location was sacred long before the church was built here. Its position is seemingly perfect. I think that the Summer Solstice sun rises over the edge of Killiney Hill when viewed from here. The hill curently has an obelisk on the top, which is built on what is thought to be a passage tomb. Just down the slope is the fabled The Druids' Judgement Seat (County Dublin). Beyond the hill to the north Howth rests on the false horizon beautifully. To the southeast is Bray Head and to the south The Great Sugarloaf Mountain pokes its peak up above the near hills. The western view is dominated by Three Rocks Mountain (County Dublin).

If you want a place that is central to all the significant landmarks in this area then Tully Church sits right on it.

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Thursday, 31st December 2009

As I walked around the site taking in the views it struck me that the southern window is much bigger than the northern window.

I love this location. The sea to the east, Killiney Hill & Howth to the northeast, Bray Head to the southeast, The Great Sugarloaf Mounatin and Carrickgollogan to the South and Two Rocks Mountain to the west. What a theatre!

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Saturday, 9th January 2010

A churchyard in the snow is very picturesque. Somehow it makes the place more 'dead', but brings it to life. It's very odd. Snowy churchyard pictures look great in black and white.

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Directions

From Kiltiernan take the road opposite the Golden Ball to Carrickmines until you reach a crossroads. Turn right and take the first right after the sharp bend signed Tully Church And Cross. Follow this road and you will see the Celtic cross on the left hand side of the road. The church is 30m further on.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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