Ref: K133

Oldconnell

 
Townland: Oldconnell Parish: Newbridge (Oldconnell)
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 281206(E), 216175(N) Status: Closed
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD023-011001
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall with cow and calf coping on west and north sides, modern buildings to the east, open to the south. A bank abuts the inside of the northern boundary wall. Boundary wall 1.5m high approx.
 
Natural Heritage Details: 2 mature trees in the SE corner and 5-10 young trees dispersed throughout the site; limited bramble and ivy growth on chapel remains, full coverage by mown grass; lichens visible on all gravestones.
 
Description: The site is located on a stud farm off the R445. It is accessed through various fields and gardens. The original boundary exists only on the north and west sides and the south side is open. A path runs E-W along the south side leading to other areas of the estate and to a motte in the adjoining field to the west. The graveyard itself is higher than the immediately surrounding area, though some headstones are at the lower level. A small chapel, now surviving only in plan, occupied the centre of the graveyard. It is possible that stony deposits north of the chapel represent more structural remains, but no shape is clear. The ground surface, in spite of the hill, is quite even. There is a small enclosure to the Se of the graveyard surrounded by a rough coursed stone wall. It has a gate in the centre of the south side with a cross on top, but the enclosure appears empty (possible killeen?). Table tombs and slabs account for approximately 10% of all grave markers. Legible inscriptions date from 19th century.
 
Appraisal: The site is of some archaeological and historic interest. The foundations of the church are barely visible beneath the undergrowth. Features of note are a granite baptismal font located at the front of Oldconnell House. The graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 18th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest.
 

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