The Normans and the Cistercians changed Irish churches from using the rounded Romanesque arch to the pointed arch of the Gothic. This style continued to dominate church architecture until the Reformation (and then again in the 19th century). Many of our great Cathedrals have been heavily restored in the 19th century but these are still essentially Norman.
These are the interesting and ancient grounds of St Mary's Church in the beautiful seaside town of Dungarvan. An old ruin of a gable wall stands 32 feet long and 30 feet high in [...]