Sunday, 26 October 2014

Spooky (ish)

As we're coming up to Halloween i thought i'd post some spooky (ish) photos. When we were out for a little jaunt recently, we came across the ruins of Affane Church and graveyard, just outside Cappaquin in Waterford.

It was built in 1819 with a loan of £500 from the Board of First Fruits, which was a Church of Ireland body established in  1711 to improve churches in Ireland. 

There was quite a few gravestones that were damaged and opened slightly, like the one in the bottom right hand corner.

One of the tombs had a small gap that was just big enough to take some photos of the inside. The coffins looked like they were made of lead.  

I suppose Yvette Fielding (Most Haunted) would say these were orbs, but i think it's dust on the lens. If anyone else knows what they are please do let me know.

I'll leave you with one of our cats Taz, who reminds me of a witches cat and who also knows she's not allowed on the table, so she's just tip-toeing around the edge. Sneaky eh!

Happy Halloween and thanks for visiting.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Grubb's Grave and Bulmers.

The old flour mill at Castlegrace is owned by the Grubb family and at one time was a hive of activity, employing a considerable number of workers, but sadly today it stands empty, which is a shame. It's also a popular breeding ground for Mink, who often run out in front of the car when i'm driving down there.

One morning, about five years ago, i was taking my youngest son to school and was just coming up to this bridge next to the mill, when we had to stop and wait while a film crew filmed the Bulmers advert.

We were only there a few minutes as it was only a quick shot, but it was nice to see the end result on t.v. The bridge looks wider and more hazier in the film.

Anyway, back to the Grubbs.When Samuel Grubb died in 1921, his dying wish was to be buried on Sugar Loaf Hill on the side of the Knockmealdown Mountains, (the photo below is just over the bridge). 

The road leading up to the mountains.

According to the Clonmel Chronicle dated 10th September 1921, 'The coffin containing the remains were conveyed on a farm cart to the foot of the mountain and then carried on the shoulders of his tenants and employees to the place of internment on the mountain side.'

Apparently he was buried upright so that he could look out across Tipperary for all eternity.

As you can see it's quite a trek from the road,especially carrying a coffin. 

I think it might need a bit of repair work on top.

To the left are the Galtee Mountains...

and to the right the Comeragh Mountains.

Oh and some sheep down below. :-)

Thanks for dropping by.