Thursday Doors – Jacobean


Thursday Doors is travelling way back in time this week, through these lovely Jacobean pillars. I’m in Killeshandra, County Cavan, just a few miles from our home. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and my camera is clicking, of course.

Now that I’ve covered every angle of those lovely old pillars, let’s get on with the tour.


No entry, unfortunately.


You can see the Hamilton coat of arms between the door and the window.

There are a couple of family mausoleums here, too.

The setting is peaceful and serene, even though it’s located in the town.

There are many old headstones and grave markers, the earliest dated 1696.

Would you like to have a peek inside?


Here’s what I saw through the window.

Now for a bit of history.


Long before a town came into existence during the seventeenth century, a rath or ringfort occupied the site where the old church still stands. It is from this that the town takes its name Cill na Seanratha, meaning the Church of the old Rath or ringfort. The earliest church is recorded as being built here by Augustinian monks from the nearby Drumlane abbey, circa 1350 and was used by local people living around and about the area. Originally the church was likely a plain stone structure with small windows and surrounding graveyard, much like other early Irish churches in this region.

The old graveyard continued to be used by local families of all denominations until quite recently and is presently cared for by members of the local community. The earliest grave markers date from 1696 and the graveyard is popular with overseas visitors searching for their Killeshandra ancestors.*

Here’s one last look at the old church before we go.


Well, I really enjoyed capturing those images for this week’s Thursday Doors and I’m delighted you came along on the tour. Lots more doors await you over on Norm’s blog. Just click the blue ‘frog’ at the end of his post.

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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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36 Responses to Thursday Doors – Jacobean

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for the tour, Jean. Very nice photos and I enjoyed the information. It’s amazing to see structures that have survived this long.

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  2. A delightful tour, Jean. Thanks!


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  3. Norm 2.0 says:

    Wonderful post with some great pics Jean. It’s humbling to think that people were settled in and thriving there almost 800 years ago. What a fascinating place to visit. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

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  4. jesh stg says:

    Beautiful post ,Jean, with all these details And interesting to know the history:) Stone becomes more beautiful with time. I like the idea of grave yards there where they went to church. We have evolved and become more anonymous:(

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  5. JT Twissel says:

    Some great compositions, Jean, especially looking through the window.

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  6. Lovely. I particularly like the first gate because it looks to me like there are two swan outlines on the top. I know it probably wasn’t meant to look like that, but that’s what I saw when I scrolled down to the photo. Beautiful.

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    • I never spotted that, Judy. Thanks for pointing it out, I think it’s meant to be two swans. There are so many lakes in the county (365) that we have lots and lots of swans here. I imagine the same held true for Jacobean days, too.


  7. sjhigbee says:

    You always have an unerring eye for the precious and unusual. Thank you for sharing your lovely pics:)

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  8. Great tour! I enjoyed it from my desk chair. 🙂 The building, wrought iron fence, doors, and headstones are really neat. Thanks for the history too!

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  9. Jennie says:

    It is hard to imagine that these beautiful structures were skillfully made so long ago, and are still standing. Wonderful doors post, Jean.

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  10. Joanne Sisco says:

    There is so much rich history so close to you! There is just so much to explore. I was particularly taken with the wooden grave marker. It’s poignant in a way the stone markers aren’t.

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  12. I enjoyed the tour, Jean. I love arch shaped entries and windows, so this was beautiful to me.
    LOL, “No entry, unfortunately.” A door but no entry? I believe that will be the title of my autobiography one day! Hugs.

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  13. joey says:

    Wow! I’d LOVE to visit that place, so thanks for the tour! The arches alone are enough to pique my interest, but the stone, oh my word! So amazing to see what used to be is still there in such form.

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  15. matt says:

    Hi Jean
    This is a beautiful old Church and cemetery i visited it, its probably one of the oldest in Co Cavan im surprised they have not taken a Digital Survey of it like we did in Old Moybologue cemetery in East Cavan where i originally come from Thanking You

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