School: Dunlavin (C.)

Location:
Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow
Teacher:
Mary Dowling

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Local Ruins

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0914, Page 178

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Medivael Church at Donard.
Donard is a district a few miles from Dunlavin.
This uninteresting ruins stands in the Church yard, under the shadow of the bell moat, it is probably of the fourteenth century date, is oblong in shape, without a chancel, and devoid of ornamentation. Withen its walls at the western-end is a recumbent granite slab, coffin shaped and measuring seven ft: six ins: in length; two ft: at the head and one and a half ft: at the foot and six inches in thickness. At either end is across the larger one at the head is one ft: eight ins long while the base of that at the foot is continued to meet the base of the head Cross.
Local tradition holds that the body of St Sylvester, brother Presbyter of Solenius, whome Palladius left in charge of the Church he founded in Donard was buried beneath this Stone. His remains being afterwards removed across the mountaines to Ennis

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