Ref: K207

Curragh Military Cemetery

Townland: Curragh (Ballysax East ED) Parish: Curragh Camp (Ballysax)
Denomination: Mixed Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) / Meath & Kildare (C of I)
Grid Ref: 279917(E), 211953(N) Status: Closed
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): No
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall with cow and calf coping, 1.5-2m high. A lych Gate of granite and limestone marks the entrance. An inscription over the entrance reads 'VR 1869'.
Natural Heritage Details: 15 mature trees lining boundaries and 1-5 young trees dispersed throughout; full coverage by semi-natural grassland; lichens visible on 80% of gravestones; sheep grazing within enclosure.
Description: The site is located in a rural setting off the R413 east of the Curragh. It is marked on the 1897-1913 OS 25" map, but not on the 1st edition OS 6" map. Access to the site is from the NW side where there is a gate house (4m approx.) bearing the inscription VR1869 above the arch. The gatehouse is locked, but there is a pedestrian gate just to the NE of it. It opens onto a large area covered by semi-natural grassland. There are no associated structures other than the gatehouse. The ground surface is uneven and undulates greatly. The centre of the enclosure is several metres lower than the east and west ends. Gravestones date to 19th and 20th century. It is a military graveyard. A group of early 20th century graves located on the highest point to the E are very homogenous. There is more variation at the lower level.
Appraisal: A 19th century military graveyard. A 19th century graveyard which contains various cut-stone grave markers of limestone and metal. The styles are cross and rectangular shaped headstones, which are of some local social, artistic and historic interest. Features of note are the lych gate along the roadside.
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: FAS
Location: Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal

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