Ref: K109

Carragh

 
Townland: Carragh Parish: Carragh
 
Denomination: Mixed Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) / Meath & Kildare (C of I)
 
Grid Ref: 284964(E), 221601(N) Status: Closed
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD018-011002
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall with cow and calf coping except on east side which has a modern wire fence and ditch. Wall is 1.5m high approx.
 
Natural Heritage Details: Five mature trees dispersed throughout; full coverage of mown grass; lichens visible on 95% of headstones; ivy present on boundary walls and mature trees.
 
Description: K109 is located in the town of Carragh. The 1st edition OS 6" map has a church marked in the same area, but a graveyard is not specifically mentioned. The enclosed area marked on the map appears to be the same size as the graveyard marked on the 1897-1913 OS 25" map on which the church is not marked. Both maps have a Roman Catholic Chapel/Church marked in the area of the adjacent modern graveyard. The site is accessed via a laneway from the R409. A modern cemetery now surrounds the old cemetery on the west and south sides. The old cemetery is accessed from the newer one, but remains distinct as its boundary wall still separates the two. Access is via a gate and a style in the centre of the western boundary. There are no paths within the enclosure, but the grass is short and the surface is fairly even with some slight undulation. Ground level is higher inside than outside the enclosure. A raised area just inside the entrance and to the south represents the remains of a protestant church. It now looks like a terrace, but part of the northern wall is visible. Graves as early as the 19th century cover the area of the church. Gravestones date from 18th -20th century.
 
Appraisal: The site is of archaeological and historic interest. The foundations of the church are just visible and may have once been a small friary. The graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 18th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest.
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Location: See www.irishfamilyresearch.co.uk

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