Greystones History: Hail St Crispin

In a field near the Greystones sea stands an old ruined church dedicated to the patron saint of shoemakers.

St Crispin, a Roman martyr saint, was great publicized by the great oration attributed by William Shakespeare to Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt on the saint’s feastday of October 25.

After this St Crispin became a popular saint and many churches and schools were named in his honour in the UK and latterly in Ireland. Doubtless this is the reason that the ruined Reformation church called St Crispin’s Cell on the Wicklow coast got its name.

A much older church stood on the site in ancient times and one it is thought that was attached to the historic Rathdown castle, of which little remains.

St Crispin’s is a protected building and has been since 1987.

Also in the field are the remains of Captain Tarrant’s farmhouse.




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