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It will undoubtedly be an emotional and sombre final farewell for the last of Delgany’s Carmelite nuns as they seal a €15m deal for their historic Delgany monastery.
Sold off-market, the church and its grounds have been part of Delgany’s daily lives since 1844.
And now, it’s all going to be houses – 200, it’s estimated – on the grounds surrounding the 19th century landmark.
It was on December 7th, 1844 that this Delgany church first opened its doors, and it was on February 3rd this year that the very last mass was held, and the gates were locked. In the intervening months, with the graves of past residents having been moved to Kilquade cemetery, it’s believed only two Sister Monica and Sister Gwen were still living in the building during the year.
Now, they too have gone, to the Carmelite community in Kilmacud, property developer Cedar Building Company – owned by Wicklow ‘s Eddie Holly – are getting ready to move in. Thankfully, the church itself and the convent building are listed.
When it comes to that new Delgany estate, sadly, the name Churchlands has already been taken around here.
Wonder if anyone’s bagged Forfeit Falls yet…?