I stumbled across this place the same day I visited Baltinglass Abbey. I have since tried to find out any information I could about it but to no avail. Although the graveyard still appears to be in limited use in a couple of corners the rest of it appears to be a Cillín. I have to say Cillíní are some of the most eerie places I have been, more so than your average graveyard. Cillíní hold a truly tragic place in the history of Ireland, it is immeasurable both in the numbers of people buried in these places and the level of grief and untold sorrow that these places hold. Cillíní were a burial grounds, some originally pagan, co-opted by communities as unconsecrated burial grounds for children unbaptised at the time of death, also victims of suicide or any undesirables that were not deemed ‘fit’ to be buried in the church grounds ended up in these places. They are dotted throughout the countryside and usually only become apparent to a passer-by because of small monuments erected to try and highlight the tragic burials that took place. As I walked around this graveyard, the earth was incredibly soft and formed into mounds. There is a few blocks that look like the were the basis for a structure at some point, a stone stands in the middle of the graveyard with the inscription ‘In Memory of the Little Children who rest here’. Its interesting – and struck me as rather poignant – to note that a ‘Jubilee 2000’ obelisk that stands near the gate of the cemetery was built 2 years before the stone commemoration of the unconsecrated burials that happened there.
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