St STEPHEN’S DAY 2023
This Christmas I spent three days in Trim County Meath and it rained most of the time. On Wednesday the 27th it was so wet and stormy that it was impossible to take any photographs so I returned to Dublin ahead of schedule. As my Canon 5DIII performs very well in wet weather I decided to bring it with me instead of me rather than my Sony A7RIV or FX30. Another advantage it is fitted with a GPS unit.
Founded by the renowned Bishop Simon de Rochfort in 1202, the Priory was initially home to the Order of the Crutched Friars, a group of pious men dedicated to ministering to the sick and the poor. Over the centuries, the Priory evolved into a hub of spiritual and social activity, providing solace and support to the community.
The Priory’s architecture bears witness to its diverse history. The imposing three-story tower, dating back to the 15th century, hints at its role as a defensive structure. The graceful nave and chancel of the church, with their striking three-light window, speak to the Priory’s sacred purpose.
In 1540, the Priory’s fortunes took a dramatic turn during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, a series of events that scattered monastic communities across Ireland. The Priory’s buildings were commandeered for various purposes, including a residence and a hospital.
Despite its turbulent past, the Priory of St. John the Baptist remains a captivating sight. Today, its ruins stand as a testament to the enduring spirit of Trim and its enduring connection to Ireland’s rich history.