Ref: K049

Toberara Graveyard

Townland: Tyrrellstown Parish: Kilberry
Denomination: RC Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) 
Grid Ref: 266125(E), 196465(N) Status: Open
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD035-003003
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall; ditch on west side. Wall is 1.5m high approx.
Natural Heritage Details: 5-10 mature and 1-5 young trees dispersed throughout; full coverage of semi-natural grassland; unfenced Holy Well near SW corner of the enclosure; lichens visible on all headstones; ivy on boundary walls and mature trees.
Description: The site is located in a rural setting just east of the River Barrow. It is visible on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map. The latter map records that the enclosure was also the site of a church, but the former makes no mention of a church. The site can only be accessed by walking across country. There is a (locked) gate in the east of the northern boundary wall with adjacent stone steps leading up and over the wall. There are no paths within the enclosure and the ground surface is uneven and the grass is long. There are no structures, but a Holy Well (without external definition)is located near the SW corner of the enclosure. It is marked on the 1st edition OS 6" map. All visible gravestones are in the NW corner of the enclosure which seems very large relative to the number of headstones. Most gravestones date from 19th and 20th centuries.
Appraisal: The site is of archaeological interest. No trace of the church survives above ground but it is likely that sub-surface remains of archaeological interest associated with the church survive. The boundary wall is mostly upstanding and is of an uncoursed limestone but there is some limited damage and it is quite overgrown. Gravestones are in variable condition. A small number are worn down to stumps. Some worn gravestones are concealed by long grass. The headstones date from the 19th-20th centuries and are of limestone and attest to a wide variation of headstone types particularly from the 19th Century such as part Celtic style, rounded and kerbed.
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: Peter J. Riordan
Location: Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal

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