at saltwater brig


Mill Isle, Ireland

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*At a place called Saltwater Brig, on the Ards peninsula in Northern Ireland.

Many of the little Norman churches in Ireland are known because of their names cropping up in the Taxation of Pope Nicholas which had been set up to collect much needed revenue. The Taxation for Down took place in 1306 A.D.

One of the local churches mentioned is [ ref; Ecclesia Moyndale] a church which was also known as ‘Kil Droicheadh’ (The church of the Bridge) where the feast of St. Iomachaidh was celebrated each September 25th .

The gateway between Greater Ards and the Little or Upper Ards was the bridge over the Blackstaff river at Lisbane. The very name of Blackstaff refers to the dark coloured staves of oak, which were placed from stone to stone in the form of a bridge, now known as the salwater brig.

In the townland of Lisbane was found the remains of an early Christian graveyard with graves lined with ferns and covered with flagstones.

The church has a bit of a confused history with at a time it was a Roman Catholic church; then later a Protestant church, then back to a RC church.

It was the setting for the movie December Bride based on the novel by Sam Hanna Bell; a film produced in Northern Ireland in 1990 and released on 29 November 1991.

It starred Saskia Reeves as the title character, with Donal McCann and Ciarán Hinds as the brothers who become her lovers in a conservative rural part of Ulster.

Infra Red film with manipulation with Adobe Photoshop.

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