Ref: K056

Ballaghmoon graveyard

Townland: Ballaghmoon Parish: Ballaghmoon
Denomination: Mixed Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) / Meath & Kildare (C of I)
Grid Ref: 274842(E), 181447(N) Status: Closed
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B39-01 Church ruins in Bolton/ Moone Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD039-014001---- Graveyard
Boundary Treatment: Rubble stone wall in poor condition. It's breached and overgrown. It's approximately 1m high with 'Soldier' coping.
Natural Heritage Details: Vegetation throughout, disturbing the structure, headstones and tombs. Semi natural grassland cover the N side, where there are no headstones. Lichens cover 80-90% of the headstones and ivy about 25% of the headstones and walls. There is also burrow activity.
Description: It's rural, in between a crop field and the Lerr River to the north-east, behind a farmhouse. Most of the headstones are upright, but a handful are broken and many are leaning. Dating from the 18th to 20th century. It's in undulating countryside, sloping down towards the river. It's on the 6" First Edition map from 1837 and the 25" Second Edition map from 1897-1913 where the church is marked in ruins.
Appraisal: The site is of archaeological, architectural and historic interest. The remains of the church are poorly preserved. Amongst the dense vegetation the graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 18th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest.
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: Schools Project (1970s)
Location: Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal

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