TULLY CHURCH AND GRAVEYARD – LOCATED IN LAUGHANSTOWN
Every Monday I meet a friend for lunch and recently he came up with the idea that we should visit a different restaurant every week and it has proved to be an interesting idea. After lunch I found myself at the tram stop in Harcourt Street and as I had a few hours to spare before I needed to be at TU in Grangegorman I decided to get a tram to Laughanstown where I like to visit because of Tully Church.
Tully Church is located in Laughanstown (variously spelled Lehaunestown, Lehaunstown). It is located in South Dublin, 500 m south-southeast of Laughanston Luas stop (Green Line).
The original church structure dates to the 6th–9th centuries AD. One ancient name is Telach-na-nun ecspop (Tullow of the bishops) and it was an important venue because bishops met there. It is claimed that seven bishops started out from there to visit St Brigid at Kildare. Elsewhere these bishops are mentioned as the “Seven Bishops of Cabinteely”(Alice Curtayne, Saint Brigid of Ireland)
In 1179 the Church was granted to the Priory of The Holy Spirit.
The chancel, which is wider than the nave, was added in the late 12th or early 13th century by the Normans. The unusually larger chancel was added to the nave during the early 13th century and has a rounded arch and two rounded headed east windows. The nave dates to the 13th century.
The church was in use up to about 1615. It came under the authority of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin who supplied clergy to keep it going. It was reported to be in good condition when inspected in 1615, but according to a report in 1630 had been badly damaged in recent storms. After that it was abandoned and fell into ruin.