Ref: K213

Kilberry

 
Townland: Kilberry Parish: Athy Union of Parishes
 
Denomination: C of I Diocese: Meath & Kildare (C of I)
 
Grid Ref: 265965(E), 198277(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B31-08 Kilberry (Bert) Church of Ireland Church Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): No
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall with soldier coping, 1.5m high approx
 
Natural Heritage Details: 9 mature trees lining boundaries; hedgerow lining western boundary; full coverage by mown grass except for paths; lichens visible on 95% of headstones; extensive ivy coverage on boundary walls and trees.
 
Description: The site is located in a rural setting on the west side of the R417. The associated church is marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map. The former map does not specifically mention a graveyard. The site is accessed via a (stiff) gate in the middle of the eastern boundary wall. There is also a gate in the middle of the southern boundary wall allowing access from an adjoining property. A path leads from the main gate to and around the centrally located church. The ground surface off the path is even and the grass is short. There is an elaborately enclosed plot (7x4m approx.) against the middle of the northern boundary wall dedicated to the Burgh family. Graves generally date from 19th and 20th century, though there are some from 21st century. Table tombs account for less than 5% of grave markers.
 
Appraisal: A 19th century graveyard which contains various cut-stone grave markers of marble, limestone and polished granite. The styles are kerbed, obelisk, table, railed and rectangular shaped headstones, which are of some local social, artistic and local historic interest. Features of note are the family plot of the Burgh family and the heavy wrought iron gate at the entrance.
 

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