Fuges burial vault in 1965/6

Local historian Tommy Mooney tells us a team of German students cleaned up the interior of the cathedral in 1965/6. As part of that process the red sandstone Fuges graveslab was removed to reveal steps down into a burial vault beneath. Tommy and Jim Rooney examined the vault along with Jimmy Flynn (RIP) and Donal O’Brien (RIP). Jimmy Flynn was over 6 ft tall and the vault roof is far overhead, so the burial vault is substantial.

Note up tp six elaborate coffins can be identified. Some of the coffins appear to have a studded decoration and given their solid condition were probably lead-lined.

(Photo taken by Tommy Monney and shoes (L-R) Jimmy Flynn, Jim Rooney and Donal O'Brien).