Ref: K125


Townland: Commons (Newtown Ed.) Parish: Tipperkevin
Denomination: RC Diocese: Dublin (RC) 
Grid Ref: 293506(E), 214363(N) Status: Closed
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B24-09 Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD024-020001
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall on south and east sides; stream on west and north sides.
Natural Heritage Details: 5-10 mature trees lining north and west boundaries and 10-20 young trees covering structural remains; site fully covered by semi-natural grassland; a stream marks the northern and western boundaries; brambles are dispersed throughout; lichens are visible on 95% of headstones; ivy covers the boundary walls.
Description: The site is located on private farmland, but it is a public graveyard. It is marked on the 1st edition OS 6" map. The church is described as being in ruins. According to the owner, the last burial was approx. 8 years ago and the graveyard opened in the 15th century. It is now closed. It is accessed via a grassy track which leads to a gate in the east end of the southern boundary wall. The gate is too overgrown to open, but stone steps just to the west lead up and over the boundary wall. There are no paths within the enclosure and the ground surface is overgrown and uneven. Ground level is higher within the enclosure than it is outside except at the north end where it slope away sharply to the stream north of the remains of a church. The church is grass covered, but is partially visible in plan. It's length is unknown, but it approx. 5m wide. West of the church is a mound which local tradition records as being the remains of a monastery of St. Kevin. There are no graves north of the structures. Legible gravestones date from 19th and 20th century.
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. The remains of a medieval nave and chancel survive in a poor state of preservation. Features of note are the fragments of a possible font. The graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 19th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest.

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