TEMPLECARRIG CHURCH

Templecarrig, with view towards Rathdown.
By H. Mc Manus (artist), E.J. Harty, lithographer, produced between1856 and 1863, National Library of Ireland, digital archive.

 This site had a church and burial area. Canon Scott reported “there is no trace there now”. But Eugene Curry in the Ordinance Survey Letters (1837), wrote “In the townland of Templecarrig they show an uncultivated spot in a field, which they call the church bank. The hollow in the bank, where the church is said to have stood, measures 30 ft from east to west, and 18 ft from north to south. The father of Mr. Massey (the proprietor) saw people buried at this place, and part of the church walls standing”(Canon George D Scott, Page 185).

The Church at Ecclesia de Carric (Templecarrig) would appear to have been part of the rural Deanery of Bray. The church was first mentioned in connection with Delgany in 1518.

The Massey family continue to farm at Templecarrig to this day.

Scott, George Digby (1884). The Stones of Bray, Cualann Publications, Bray.

ODonovan, John and OFlanagan, Michael (1928) Letters containing Information Relative to the Antiquities of the Counties of Ireland, Wicklow.

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