St Patrick’s Church of Ireland set in the interestingly named Carnalway townland was built by the La Touche family in 1891. A smaller 18th century church had stood on the exact spot of the current church prior to its construction but was in a derelict state, however some of its features were retained such as the tower and the spire. The church stands adjacent to the front entrance of the Harristown Demesne which was once owned by the La Touche family, after a fire in the house in the late 1800s the family commissioned James Franklin Fuller to rebuild the house and also to create the fine Hiberno-Romanesque church. One of the stained glass windows in the church was created by Harry Clarke and commemorates Percy and Lady Anette La Touche. As far as I know the church is still in use.
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Yes, the church is still in use; when I stay with friends who now live in Harristown we attend Sunday service there. The La Touches of Harristown responsible for the present building were the family whose child Rose was the object of Ruskin’s passionate obsession.
Wow lovely piece of information there Robert. Thanks! Its a really beautiful place.
Yes it is, and if you ever have the opportunity to visit the interior of the church you should do so as it is beautifully decorated.
Indeed would love to see the interior, especially the stained glass, someday soon hopefully.
It is lovely to find your website with so many photographs, James Franklin Fuller the architect was my great great grandfather and one day I would like to come and visit
I do hope you make it to the Church at some stage Teresa, its an amazing structure in a very beautiful setting.
Does anyone know the name of the Rector at St. Patrick’s? We would like see the Harry Clarke window of St. Hubert ….
Glad I found this excellent site, having read about Rose la Touche while learning about John Ruskin in Cumbria two years ago. Must try and visit the church and cemetery in the near future! Regards!
Thanks so much Sean
we lived in the area 60 years ago .my sister and I went to a Service recently and met some old friends .lovely trip