Ref: K039

Geraldine Cemetery

 
Townland: Geraldine Parish: Kilberry
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 270147(E), 195963(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD035-018
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall, 20cm-1.5m approx.
 
Natural Heritage Details: 5-10 mature and 5-10 young trees dispersed throughout; hedgerow in SW corner defining a separate burial area; full coverage by mown grass; lichens visible on 90% of headstones; limited ivy cover on boundary walls and mature trees.
 
Description: The site is located on land belonging to a golf course NE of Athy. It is marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map. It is accessed via a lane running along the side of the golf course. On entering the course from the laneway, the gate to the graveyard is immediately on the to the right in the northern corner of the enclosure. There are no paths within the enclosure and the ground surface undulates. Ground level is higher inside the enclosure than outside except in the eastern corner where it appears that the ground level on the golf course has been built up. The boundary wall is only approx. 20cm high at this point. There are no structures within the graveyard. Gravestones date mostly from 19th and 20th century. There are newer graves in an annex to the south. It is a small area with its own wall. It contains one 21st century burial and one 20th century. East of this area is another separated area divided from the main enclosure by a hedge. This area is not an extension to the main burial area, but would have been inside the original enclosure. It contains 20th century graves.
 
Appraisal: The site is of some archaeological and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. No surface remains of the church survive though it is likely that elements survive as archaeological features. The boundary wall is fully upstanding with little vegetative cover. Gravestones are in variable condition. Some are worn down to stumps. Most are upstanding and straight or slightly leaning. Very few are broken. A number of burials on the central high point of the site are concealed by trees.
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: Unknown
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