Thursday Doors

For Thursday Doors this week I took another trip up one of the back streets near my place of work. These are some of the entrances to The Collegiate Church of St. Mary, in Youghal Co. Cork. I couldn’t get a decent shot of the main doors, as there were too many people in the way and both doors were wide open. So I had to make do with the side entrances. Inside, you certainly get a feel for how old this historic building is. It has an amazing history and rightly deserves its claim to be the oldest church in Ireland that has held continuous worship since the 13th century.

There may have been a church much earlier on this site, even as far back as the 5th century, when Saint Declan founded a monastery at Ardmore, only a few miles away. Some of the exposed roof timbers have been carbon dated to the late 12th century and the story is that French carpenters were brought in to construct it.

When subsidence was noticed in one of the aisles experts were called in, which resulted in the discovery of an underground form of central heating, similar to the Roman aqua duct system. It was dated back to the 18th century and as the church is pretty cold these days, the congregation back then may have been quite a bit warmer during worship.

In the fifteenth century it became a Collegiate Church when a college of clergy and singing clerks was founded next to it and placed in the care of a Warden. The former Warden’s house, in due course, was owned by Sir Walter Raleigh, who was Mayor of Youghal in 1588 and 1589.

There’s a lot more to Thursday Doors than meets the eye and Norm’s doors are well worth checking out, as are these. Enjoy.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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12 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Love the doors – so alike but so different. Lovely history also. We have three churches and a chapel here where I live with one priest. They’re having a challenge.

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  2. Once again that is a beautiful place. I really like that ceiling work.

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    I love these doors Jean. It’s hard to pick a favorite but I am very fond of the curved pair. One with nice hardware and one with ‘Z’ braces – so hard to choose.

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  4. dimlamp says:

    An interesting history, and fine doors as well.

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    • It’s a fascinating place to spend an afternoon. There are lots of carvings the stone masons made that I didn’t have time to include, I’ll have to go again and scour every nook and cranny.


  5. Norm 2.0 says:

    Some more great doors and a wonderful peek into the history that comes with them. Great post Jean 🙂

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  6. What a wonderful church Jean and so interesting to compare how churches were built in Ireland and here in France in that period – fascinating thought that French carpenters may have helped out with the roof!

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