Thursday Doors – Old and New

Welcome to a new year of Thursday Doors, although I’m using some photos from the old year. I’m sorry I’ve been missing this past couple of months, the end of 2021 was a very busy time for me. I’ve decided to cut back a lot on all forms of social media in an effort to spend more time writing (my latest book is taking me forever). For 2022 I’ll be blogging just once a month and mostly Thursday Doors. So for January let’s kick off with some more old ruins from Trim, county Meath. These are all part of a group known as The Newtown Monuments.

The largest of these ruins is Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, dating back to 1206.

Buried under the high alter of the cathedral are the remains of the founder Simon de Rochford (died 1224) and one of his successors, Bishop William Sherwood, who died in 1428.

This priory was founded in the early 13th century for the Crossed Friars of the Order of John the Baptist.

The first mention of the priory is in 1281 when there was a grant of alms from the manor of Magathtreth.

In 1513 Edmund Dillon was prior of the monastery. He was the brother of Thomas Dillon, prior of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral around the same time.

Eventually, the priory and its possession were granted to Robert Dillon who later disposed of it to the Ashe family and they made their home in the main keep.

After being abandoned by the Ashe family the keep was inhabited by Bishop Brown the Roman Catholic Bishop of Meath. After the Battle of the Boyne the building was granted to one of King William’s men but he didn’t stay there too long. On his first night he saw a “most horrid vision” and as soon as it was dawn he mounted his horse and rode away, never to return.

In the ruins of the church stands the tomb of Sir Lucas Dillon and his wife Lady Jane Bathe. He is depicted wearing Renaissance armour while she wears an Elizabethan gown. This tomb is known locally as the Tomb of the Jealous Man and Woman because the sword of state separates them and they are not touching.

Thanks for stopping by this month’s Thursday Doors and taking a look at my old and new photos and news, Dan has lots of interesting links over on his blog.


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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29 Responses to Thursday Doors – Old and New

  1. Mama Cormier says:

    Great post Jean. Welcome back and good luck with your book.

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  2. Cool ruins and history! Best of luck with the book!

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  3. Sheree says:

    Good luck with your book

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  5. Dan Antion says:

    It’s good to see a post from you, Jean. It will take a while to get used to a once a month format, but if that works for your writing, then that’s what matters. I love seeing these ruins an imagining all the life that thrived here and the vattjj oh I don’t give a rat’s ass fought. I’ll skip trying to imagine the vision that sent the poor man running for the hills.

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  6. Brilliant locations and details. Happy 2022 and happy writing!

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  7. JT Twissel says:

    I’m so glad they’ve left those old ruins standing! They made such beautiful shots, don’t they? I’ve been working on a rewrite of one of my older pieces and it’s also not going as fast as I’d hoped. Urg! Good luck to you!

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  8. jguenther5 says:

    Very captivating ruins photos. Good luck with the book. If you need a beta reader, I’ll be happy to give it a read when it’s ready as a professional courtesy.

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  9. slfinnell says:

    Social media is something I’ve dialed down on for many reasons. Best wishes on the writing goals. Hope you meet them! Love the history of Ireland. 🙂

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  10. Jennie says:

    This is wonderful, Jean!

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  11. Emille says:

    ruins always have something intriguing – one thinks how what is missing might have looked! Thanks for leaving a like:) Has been a while I visited your blog, but now I see you weren’t there for a while. Hope things go well with you and your family? I have been minimally there, because I have taken up pottery, and am impatient to get better at it (guess I forgot how long it took me to get decent at painting, lol).

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  12. HI Jean, this is a great post. I enjoyed learning about these ruins. How did they come to be ruined?

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    • Thanks Roberta. The monastic period lasted in Ireland up to the reign of Henry Vlll. When he declared himself supreme head of the church in England and Ireland a lot of religious properties such as priories and convents owned large tracts of land. Henry dissolved them (1536-1540) and transferred this wealth to new owners. Many of them went to ruin, sadly.

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