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Where: Leinster, Co Kildare, Ireland

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The Ruins of Tully Church in Kildare don't look too ruined in this Eason image. Perhaps two images were wrongly catalogued? This church looks in good condition, and those standing outside would be in a position to give testimony, but are probably long gone?

+++ UPDATE +++
Definitely a bit of rogue cataloguing or “computer says daft thing” going on here. Not ruined. And not Tully Church. We are at least in the right county. This is actually St. Brigid’s RC church in Kildare town. The tower used to have four big statues. “Who pinched the Apostles?” (as the actress said to the bishop) – We can always rely on our beloved beachcomber australia to lower the tone! Thankfully. :)
On a more serious note, this church seems to have been rather ill-fated in the statue department, as a statue fell from the new altar inside in 1886, killing Dr. Kavanagh, parish priest.

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: between ca. 1900-1939

NLI Ref: EAS_2545

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    John Spooner

    • 19/Mar/2021 08:45:12

    I think the caption got swapped with this one, which looks like wiki pictures of the ancient ruined Tully Church catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000558263 Another view of the non-ruin with the correct caption catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000558270

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    derangedlemur

    • 19/Mar/2021 08:49:34

    Must have thought he was looking at this: goo.gl/maps/8iNakuo3ecC95eKq8

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    derangedlemur

    • 19/Mar/2021 08:56:12

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] It's hard to tell with all the trees in the way, but I don't think that second one is Tully church either - goo.gl/maps/tEQ4y1t7uw1JqrGm7. It might be Tully church in Loughlinstown but I'm not convinced: goo.gl/maps/h3hFhbRcNi3i8Yra6

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Mar/2021 09:07:43

    Streetview of St. Brigid's RC church in Kildare town.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Mar/2021 09:12:45

    Per the NIAH, the church is from 1833, the tower from 1851. In 1975, a hideous flat roofed extension was added.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Mar/2021 09:16:25

    LIVE !! Quick or you'll miss it ! - www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-brigids-parish-church

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Mar/2021 09:18:26

    In this earlier Lawrence, L_CAB_02331, the tower has four massive saint statues on it.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Mar/2021 09:22:50

    Ooh, scandal in 1886 per the DIA: Name:HAGUE, WILLIAM 2 Building:CO. KILDARE, KILDARE, CHURCH (RC) Date:1886a Nature:Works at same, for Dr Kavanagh, and designs for altars (not carried out because of expense.. (Hague called to give evidence after a statue on cheaper altar which had been erected instead had fallen, killing Dr Kavanagh.)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Mar/2021 09:28:40

    Valentines have a postcard without the statues.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Mar/2021 09:36:52

    Who pinched the Apostles? as the actress said to the bishop

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Mar/2021 09:48:13

    Read All About It! Via Trove, the unfortunate parish priest, Dr Kavanagh - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/119443088?searchTerm=k...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Mar/2021 09:49:11

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley We need to find the statues, I am presuming St Patrick and St Brigid were there - the other two?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Mar/2021 10:03:11

    I was looking at the attached convent just recently for some reason. EAS_2565 ? No steeple statues in that one. Why was I looking at EAS_2561? It's all a blur.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Mar/2021 10:22:18

    I wonder if the removal of the huge steeple statues was prompted by the 1886 statue related fatality? In megazoom of todays image you can see the marks where two of the statues used to stand.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Mar/2021 10:37:43

    I may have been noseying around Kildare when trying to date this one: The Monastery, Kildare

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    suckindeesel

    • 19/Mar/2021 13:26:17

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley An act of God?

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    suckindeesel

    • 19/Mar/2021 14:06:43

    This little tour of Kildare www.guidigo.com/Web/The-Kildare-Town-Heritage-Trail/7B8eh... includes two vintage postcards of the church, both sporting the statues. The Valentine one would indicate 1907, if dating is correct. The other postcard might provide a date if it could be identified. The ruin looks more like the Tully church in Lehaunstown.

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    silverio10

    • 19/Mar/2021 20:27:12

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    suckindeesel

    • 19/Mar/2021 21:55:45

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley what was the number on that Valentine without statues?

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    suckindeesel

    • 19/Mar/2021 21:56:38

    NIAH entry www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/11817...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Mar/2021 09:19:32

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I see front and back images of the card on eBay (for now, link not good forever, future researchers!), but no number. I think there may be a number cropped off at bottom right near the gates.

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    suckindeesel

    • 23/Mar/2021 00:16:05

    Thanks, yes no number, that would be too easy. The Valentine with number and statues registered 1907, but who knows when actually taken? You would think that the removal of the statues would be a remarkable event as so reported in the local papers of the time. Unfortunately, don't have a sub for that archive.

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    mailliam5

    • 26/Mar/2021 09:41:02

    They were removed between 1901 & 1926 by Very Rev. Peter Campion www.kildare.ie/greyabbey/archives/2006/10/an_tostal_souve...