Old Church, Abbeyleix

Old Church, Abbeyleix
Graveyard name: 
Old Church, Abbeyleix
Graveyard Code: 
Extra code: 
RMP/Site number: 
RMP Classification: 
National Inventory of Architectural Heritage code: 
Reg. No. 12802350


52° 53' 60" N, 7° 22' 33.6" W
Abbeyleix Demesne
Diocese (CoI): 
Cashel & Ossory
Oldest stone: 

The graveyard is located in Abbeyleix Demesne, adjacent to farmhouse, surrounded by pasture fields.
Church of Ireland church, (built c. 1765, renovated, c. 1880) is situated within the graveyard. Church structure in neglected condition; in use as private chapel. Located c. 100m to south of the graveyard are a medieval altar-tomb, granite font and graveslab associated with Cistercian Abbey site.
Graveyard contains 18th to 20th century headstones, recumbent slabs, railed and table tombs; mainly good condition, some are leaning, collapsed or overgrown; table tombs in generally poor condition. In use as a family graveyard.
Graveyard has rectangular shape; boundary stone wall intact, c. 2-3m high. Access from farmyard and laneway via four gates. Gravel path, moss covered, leads from gate to church. Ground surface mainly even. Graveyard moderately maintained, grass partially mown around some graves.

Register of Burials available: 
Location of Register: 

Representative Church Body Library

Titles of Published Local References: 

Sweetman, P.D., Alcock, O. & Moran, B. (1995) Archaeological inventory of County Laois. Dublin. Dublin Stationary Office, 70

Carrigan, W. (1905) The history and antiquities of the diocese of Ossory. Dublin. Sealy, Bryers & Walker, vol 2 389

Record of Monuments & Places, Co. Laois compiled by Caimin O'Brien (2007)

O'Brien, K.P., (1998) Abbeyleix, life, lore & legend, Franamanagh Books, 40-54

Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead, Ireland, 'Queen's County', (1903) 412-416, (1904) 127, (1909) 659-662, (1912) 616, (1915) 344

National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH), Co. Laois (1997)

Location of Published Local References: 

Laois County Library, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Record of Monuments & Places (RMP), Archive Unit, National Monuments Service, DoEHLG, 51 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2


National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH), Dun Sceine, Dublin 4

Location of Inscriptions: 

Local Studies Section, Laois County Library

Data source: 

Graveyards of Laois surveyed in 2011 by Barker Archaeological Services on behalf of Laois County Council with the support of the Heritage Council, see http://www.laois.ie/heritage for information