St Fintan's, Durrow

St Fintan's, Durrow
Graveyard name: 
St Fintan's, Durrow
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RMP/Site number: 
RMP Classification: 
National Inventory of Architectural Heritage code: 
Reg. No. 12900910


52° 50' 45.6" N, 7° 23' 49.2" W
Durrow Townparks
Diocese (CoI): 
Cashel & Ossory
Oldest stone: 

The graveyard is in town of Durrow, on northwest side of square, grounds of Durrow Castle adjacent.
Graveyard contains Church of Ireland Church of St Fintan, built c. 1795, on the site of earlier medieval church, probably demolished around early 18th century. Possible site of Durrow Monastery located about 70m to northwest.
Graveyard contains 18th to 20th century headstones, including round headed , recumbent slabs, railed and table tombs; most in good condition, few leaning or damaged; some table tombs overgrown with briars. Some fragments of memorials, rubble and sections of railing piled against boundary wall.
Graveyard has rectangular shape; boundary stone wall intact, c. 3m high. Access via gate from town square. No paths; ground surface generally level with some bumps. Graveyard maintained, grass mown fairly regularly.

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, 80

Carrigan, W. (1905) The history and antiquities of the diocese of Ossory. Dublin. Sealy, Bryers & Walker, vol 2 213

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

O'Brien, E. (1992) An Historical and Social Diary of Durrow, County Laois, 1708-1992, printed by Modern Printers, Kilkenny, 17-19

Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead, Ireland, 'Queen's County', (1905) 400-401

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: 
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 for information