Ref: K064

Kilcullen New Abbey Cemetery

Townland: Nicholastown Parish: Kilcullen
Denomination: Mixed Diocese: Dublin (RC) / Dublin & Glendalough (C of I)
Grid Ref: 284745(E), 209268(N) Status: Open
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B28-04 (abbey church and medieval altar tomb) Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD028-040001 - graveyard
Boundary Treatment: Stone wall (19th century)
Natural Heritage Details: Mown grass; common ferns growing out of boundary walls; mature beech trees along boundary wall outside; ivy on parts of walls; moss and lichen on headstones and walls
Description: Located in goof pasture land adjacent to Newabbey House. The graveyard is located in low-lying ground and is relatively flat. A stone wall surrounds the graveyard. The burials are located mostly along the boundaries leaving a large central area empty. The headstones date from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, predominantly 19th and 20th centuries. A medieval effigy and altar tomb are found within the grounds. The headstone types are: Celtic style, rounded, railed and kerb. The stone is mostly limestone with occasional granite. There are a number of seats and picnic tables throughout the site.
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. The friary dated to the 15th century but does not survive. Building materials were used from the friary to construct a church in 1786 but this was demolished in 1873. Features of note are a double altar tomb. 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: "The Association for the Preservation of Memorials of the Dead, in Ireland"

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