Ref: K025

Oldkilcullen Graveyard

 
Townland: Oldkilcullen Parish: Kilcullen
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Dublin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 283050(E), 207039(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B28-01 (church site), B28-01A (church site crosses) Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD028-049011 - graveyard National Monument-Ref. 71
 
Boundary Treatment: Stone wall with 'Soldier' coping. Some grass growth on wall. A young sycamore growing out of wall on N side. Foot stile and single iron gate at entrance.
 
Natural Heritage Details: Some young conifers and a sycamore tree; mown grass; lichen on walls and headstones.
 
Description: The graveyard is located on the site of an Early Christian monastic enclosure and is a National Monument in the care of the State (OPW). It is approached from a local road over a foot stile and then a gravel stone path leads to the monastic enclosure and burial ground. The site is located in good pasture land is on an elevated position with good views all around. The graveyard occupies ground in all areas around the round tower and church (in ruins). The shafts of two high crosses are upstanding within the graveyard. The headstones date predominantly to the 19th and 20th centuries. The headstone types are Celtic style; rounded; kerb, metal crosses, recumbent. There are four headstones lying against the wall on the N side.
 
Appraisal: The site is a recorded archaeological monument with national monument status. An important pre-Norman monastic site with several typical elements surviving in situ and upstanding. Features of note are the round tower, high crosses and ecclesiastical boundaries. The site is therefore of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area.
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: Anna Ryan
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