Kilkenny City’s new Central Access Scheme will obliterate an historic famine graveyard if it goes ahead, according to the director of Kilkenny Archaeology.
In the latest stunning revelation about the controversial €10.7 million project, Cóilín Ó Drisceoil says that a burial ground is recorded as having been located at the county Fever Hospital, Wolf Tone street. The graveyard is noted by Tony Patterson in the 1997 Old Kilkenny Review (Famine Fever in Kilkenny), in which he cites the Kilkenny Journal: “In March  the Kilkenny City Relief Committee voted ten pounds for coffins and £10 to buy a plot of land behind the Kilkenny Fever hospital... ”
A similar graveyard at nearby MacDonagh Junction was excavated in 2006-7. It ended up costing over €1 million and led to the disinterment of 900 bodies.
“Kilkenny County Council are not aware of this graveyard,” said Mr O’ Drisceoil.
“It is quite extraordinary that after ten years of planning for the Central Access Scheme that this should have been missed.”
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