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St. Finian's medieval church & graveyard by night

19 August, 9:30pm - 10:30pm

Society for Old Lucan (SOL)

  • St. Finian's medieval church & graveyard, Esker, Lucan
  • Adjacent to 1, The Glebe, Lucan
  • ADJACENT TO K78 PY91 - site itself has no Eircode
  • Co. Dublin – South Dublin

In this one hour evening workshop*, Society for Old Lucan (SOL) will show you St. Finian's medieval church & graveyard at night and introduce the history, heritage & biodiversity of the site. We'll demonstrate night-time photography methods to maximise capturing detail of 18th - 19th C gravestones in a sustainable way. You'll get a chance to try these out using your camera or smartphone too to get some high-contrast photos of the 18th and 19th century headstones in the graveyard.

We'll have a bat-detector at the event that converts bats' ultrasound calls into audible calls;
We'll share discoveries about the history, archaeology and biodiversity of St. Finian's with you, as well as the mysteries that we still hope to find out about.
As one of the "Adopt a Monument" heritage sites in Ireland, supported by the Heritage Council, we can discuss the findings of our graveyard survey & project to date at Historic Graves https://historicgraves.com/graveyard/st-finian-s-esker-church/du-stfi .

Supported by the Heritage Council under the Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2022.

NO dedicated parking at the site; allow an extra 10 mins to find parking locally and walk to site. Do not block access to the site or any adjacent houses please!

Suitable for: strictly ages 10+, teens & adults.
Any minors to be accompanied by an adult.
All attendees should bring their own torch - mandatory.
Bring your own camera or camera smartphone

Wear strong, supportive footwear; booking and attendance this event is in agreement that this is at your own risk!


We will be taking photos at this event for future use on our social media channels. If you would prefer not to be included in these photos, please notify a member of the committee?

*[Weather-dependent event; if very wet / windy / weather is forecast the night before, attendees will be emailed in advance, to confirm cancellation]

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