Jumping Church of Millextown

Abstract: Story collected by Anna Murphy, a student at Pres. Convent, Drogheda school (Drogheda, Co. Louth) from informant Mr P. Murphy.

Original reference: 0679/1/3

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The Jumping Church of Millextown [duchas:4963383]

There is the ruin of an old church two miles outside Ardee and the above name is attached to it. The old church stands in a very ancient grave-yard and when it was in use it was a Catholic church and also a Catholic burying place.
Now there lived in the locality a protestant family and one of this family died and the relatives wanted the remains buried inside the walls of the old church but those in authority would not allow this, but in spite of all the objections the protestant parties succeeded in having the remains buried inside the walls, where they desired. The day after the

The Jumping Church of Millextown [duchas:4963384]

funeral some of the local people were passing the old ruins, they noticed that something strange had happened duirng the night and going into the churchyard they found that the old end-wall of the church had actually jumped over the grave, and left it outside and this can be seen to this present day and that is how it got the name of the Jumping Church of Millextown.

Origin information
Drogheda, Co. Louth
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 007-008
Volume 0679
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Sr. M. Patrick .
Historic sites   linked data (lcsh)
Historical and commemorative structures--Séadchomharthaí
School location
DroghedaDroichead ÁthaDroghedaLouth
Story location
MillockstownBaile MhiológMillockstownKildemockArdeeLouth
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Original reference: 0679/1/3

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"The Jumping Church of Millextown"in "The Schools' Manuscript Collection," held by University College Dublin, National Folklore Collection UCD. © University College Dublin. Digital content by: Glenbeigh Records Management, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <https://doi.org/10.7925/drs1.duchas_5077474>
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Sr. M. Patrick .
Supported by funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Ireland), University College Dublin, and the National Folklore Foundation (Fondúireacht Bhéaloideas Éireann), 2014-2016.
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Metadata creation date: 2014/2016 — Metadata created by Fiontar, Dublin City University, in collaboration with the National Folklore Collection UCD and UCD Library. Original Fiontar metadata converted into MODS by UCD Library.

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