St Luke's Church, Ballymoyer
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The parish church (Church of Ireland) is St Luke's. The walls of the original St Luke's church were erected in the reign of Charles I but the church was left unfinished due to the murder of the appointed clergyman. It remained unroofed until 1775, when Archbishop Robinson commissioned it to be finished. The present church was then built in 1822 with the help of a donation of £900 from the late Board of First Fruits. The nearby glebe-house was built in 1825 with a loan from the Board.
Ballymoyer, the house and estate, and once the seat of Sir Walter Synnot (1742-1821), is a National Trust property open to the public.
The woodland around Ballymoyer is mixed with all the atmosphere and mystique of a fairy glen. It is surrounded by the wild and dramatic scenery of the Fews Mountains, once the haunt of robbers and highwaymen. Amongst the modern larch plantations are a number of fine specimen trees including the gigantic Douglas fir.