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I enjoy exploring old graveyards and churches. I'm not sure why but I find them fascinating places, places of peace and sadness, reminders of our mortality. The tombstones tell the stories of those who lived and died, some in childhood, others a great age. It is particularly interesting to see how family names carried on through the generations but I guess that is changing. I doubt if the two little girls called Paris and Zara whom I heard being called by their mother in the garden centre today were named after their grandmothers!
This is St Mary's Church at Ballymascanlon. I pass it daily as I travel into town on my way to work, yet until last year I had never stood inside it as it is Protestant church. Ireland's divided history meant that members of different religious congregations never visited each other's churches although that is changing.
Dating back to the 16th century, Ballymascanlon church is a beautiful building, with pretty stained glass windows and polished wooden pews. Although the Church of Ireland congregation is declining, the church is well maintained and the caretaker was delighted to show us around.

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Jeff Real27-Oct-2009 23:56
A fantastic composition. I love the shadow of the tree going up the white tower ~V~
slhoornstra20-Oct-2009 07:12
What a clear, crisp shot which probably reflects the day, lovely comp, too. V
John Reynolds12-Oct-2009 15:54
Beautiful capture of a lovely church building. V.
globalgadabout12-Oct-2009 15:16
excellent composition of this delightful scene...the shadow on the tower is a great touch...V
Kevin Chester12-Oct-2009 15:04
It seems starnge that the church is rendered, most have exposed stonework. I have only seen one other rendered church and that was in Scotland. Still like Phil say it makes for a great shot with the shadows.
Neal Nye12-Oct-2009 11:53
You lined up this shot so skillfully with the road leading us right to the door. I love how the road is partially concealed, leaving us curious. A fine job!
Betty Vlasiu12-Oct-2009 07:09
What a wonderful shot! \/
laine12-Oct-2009 02:26
I love them too...for the same reason. Many here of course were those who came alone & died alone...this always saddens me. Speaking of names, I know of a new infant who's parents named him Lyric !!!!
LynnH12-Oct-2009 00:31
Wonderful story! I love graveyards too. I find them peaceful and I can often feel the presence of the departed. In fact, sometimes I talk to the graves as I walk about with my camera. I feel like they enjoy the company.
Keith O'Brien11-Oct-2009 22:52
Nice one, love the PoV. Church and Chapel congregations are falling here too :(
Phillip Normanton11-Oct-2009 22:36
I like the shadow of the leafless tree when all the visible trees have leaves/are evergreens... almost spooky :o)
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