Origin of the Survey

The burial ground survey was carried out on behalf of Kildare County Council and is an action of the Kildare Heritage Plan 2004-2009. The survey covers the entire county and includes all known burial grounds, with a date range from the early medieval period (AD400 – AD800) to the present day.

 

Survey Summary

The survey identified a total of 233 burial grounds within the county of Kildare, of which 75% have some form of statutory protection whether as National Monuments, Protected Structures or Recorded Monuments.

All 233 sites were visited and a record compiled based on a pro-forma sheet, complemented by a photograph and additional written descriptions.

This survey also brings together for the first time all the basic information on graveyards in the county such as townland name, denomination, ownership, legal status - under either the National Monuments Act 1930-2004 (archaeological sites and monuments) or the Planning and Development Act 2000 (protected structures).

The survey serves as a baseline resource for any future management and conservation work and a repository for
previously unknown sources being added to the records.

What is included...

The burial ground survey brings together for the first time all basic information on graveyards in the county such as townland name, denomination, ownership, statutory protection and status.

The burial ground survey covers all of the county of Kildare and includes all known graveyards and cemeteries located within the county.

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The antiquity of the burial grounds surveyed cover a time period of around 1,500 years, ranging from the early medieval period (AD400-800) to the present day, and encompasses a wide variety of types including:
graveyards in use, and those no longer so; graveyards in local authority care, and those privately owned; graveyards for Catholic, Protestant or Quaker communities; graveyards with medieval origins; children’s burial grounds; 19th century workhouse graveyards; sites with no visible trace; modern cemeteries.

The Burial Ground Survey of County Kildare was carried out by Archaeological Development Services Ltd (ADS) in 2008 on behalf of Kildare County Council.


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