Burial in Carlow.
Nationalist and Leinster Times.
On Thursday 8th January 1942, Dr Sterling Berry
held a sworn Inquiry in the Town Hall, Carlow at the request of the
Minister for Public Health re representations that the following
graveyards are overcrowded;-
Graveyard attached to the former Carlow Union
Workhouse; the Graveyard attached to St Mary's Protestant Church; the
burial ground known as "Old Graves" and the burial ground situated at
Castle Hill, Carlow.
A report from Dr. A. McMahon to the Carlow
Board of Health and Carlow Urban Council recommended that burials be
discontinued in the four burial grounds for the protection of public
There were no objections received except in the
case of the "Old Graves" and a number of people gave evidence
expressing a wish that themselves or some members of their families be
allowed to be buried there.
Rev. Archdeacon Ridgeway stated he heard no
objection to the closing of St Mary's Protestant Church. No burials
had taken place there during the past 10 years.
He was also interested in the graveyard at
Castle Hill which is very small.
He thought the human remains there could be
removed to the hollow in St Mary's. If Mr Governey had lived he would
have seen that was done.
Dr Berry said he would see the place before he
Mr William Duggan, Solicitor for the Urban
Council read a passage from the late Bishop Comerford's Book which
stated; "The burial ground called "The Graves" lies near the Barrow on
the north side of the town. It is said to have been granted by the
Earl of Thomond when possessor of the Castle and other extensive
property. Bishop Doyle refers to it as a piece of ground adjoining the
town which in the time of persecution had been granted to the
Catholics for the burial of their dead, their parish church and its
cemetery having been appropriated to the use of the despoiters [ sic ]
of the country".
Bishop O'Keeffe of Kildare and Leighlin is
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