Local graveyards documented online

Some of Kilkenny’s graveyards are being documented online in a nationwide heritage project.

Some of Kilkenny’s graveyards are being documented online in a nationwide heritage project.

Graveyards in Lisdowney, Gathabawn and Ennisnag can now be explored on www.historicgraves.ie, where local volunteers have uploaded details of headstones and other features.

Barony Graveyard

For the Barony graveyard in Lisdowney, for example, there is a Google map and GPS location, plus photographs of the 89 headstones that have been recorded.

Clicking on each headstone, the visitor will find details of the headstone inscription, with names, dates, and even the headstone material, dimensions and stonemason where available.

Success

Due to the success of the project so far, the archaeological company behind the project has offered to add a couple of other local graveyards free of charge, heritage officer Dearbhala Ledwidge told Kilkenny County Council’s arts and heritage committee.

“We hope to be able to expand it next year,” she said.