Ref: K001

Downings Graveyard

 
Townland: Downings North Parish: Carragh (Downings)
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 281560(E), 227143(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B13-03 B13-02 St. Farnanís Well Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD013-008003
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall, 1.5m high approx
 
Natural Heritage Details: 15-20 mature and 10-20 young trees dispersed throughout; full coverage by semi-natural grassland; brambles and ivy on boundaries, structural remains and also dispersed throughout; lichens visible on all headstones.
 
Description: The site is located in a field used for grazing cattle. The graveyard and the associated church are marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map, but the church is described on the latter as being in ruins. The field is accessed directly from the R403. There is a gate in the middle of the south side of the boundary wall of the graveyard. The ground level within the enclosure is higher than outside and the ground surface is overgrown and uneven. The ruined church occupies the centre of the enclosure. It is located on the highest point. The western wall of the church does not survive, but all others are upstanding though very overgrown. Legible gravestones date from 19th and 20th century, though apparently the graveyard is still in use. There are no visible graves within the church ruin.
 
Appraisal: This graveyard attests to a long standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. The site retains material of archaeological interest with the remains of a medieval church located in the centre of the site but is in a poor state of repair. The grounds are neglected and overgrown with vegetation. The boundary walls are fully upstanding but are completely overgrown. Gravestones are in variable condition. Most are overgrown. Many are leaning and worn. This graveyard is of historical, architectural and archaeological importance in the locality.
 

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