Ref: K131

Lackagh Church and Graveyard

 
Townland: Lackaghmore Parish: Lackagh
 
Denomination: Mixed Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) / Meath & Kildare (C of I)
 
Grid Ref: 267772(E), 212792(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B22-11 Church ruins and Barbadoes Monument Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD022-018001- Graveyard
 
Boundary Treatment: Stone wall with 'Soldier' coping, hedgerow and fence, in good condition. Stable. Double iron gate.
 
Natural Heritage Details: There are sycamores and mature beeches. The hedgerow is of alder, ash and sycamore. There are 10-20% lichens and moss on the headstones. There is evidence of herbicide around the headstones.
 
Description: The burials are on all sides of the church, dating from 18th to 21st century. There are Celtic, kerb set, table and recumbent tombs. There are also 20-30 iron crosses. They are laid out randomly. There is a plaque of the church's commemoration and 17th century revolutionaries who died. The ground is uneven. The church is marked on the 6" First Edition map from 1837 and the graveyard on the 25" Second Edition from 1897-1913.
 
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. The graveyard is enclosed by a stone wall with one gate in the northeast corner.No visible remains of the earlier church. The present church dates to the 19th century and is well preserved but without a roof. There is some ivy on the top and inside the church but it is otherwise well maintained. Features of note are a the caretakers house along the roadside, the steeple of the present church with finials. The graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 18th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest. A small number of the headstones are leaning or broken. The grounds are maintained.
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: Peter Gorry
Location: Irish Family Research

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