A big thank you to SSE Renewables, back in July 2023 we were delighted to receive a grant from the SSE Renewable Community Awards towards our ongoing work in the Old Church of Ireland Graveyard in Bailieborough. Work needed to be done to remove some dangerous trees, several of which were suffering from Ash Dieback and were at risk of falling.

A big thank you to SSE Renewables!

The work was undertaken in the autumn, and the graveyard is now much safer to work in. This really supports our ongoing work in documenting, conserving and improving access to this wonderful local historical landmark.

The work on the site was begun by Margaret Mortimer and Lil McCormac back in 2011 when the graveyard was first mapped and documented. Looking to the future we endeavour to continue this work, researching more about the local people interred there, including the ancestors of Henry James, Lucy Tuite Dalton (the wife of Gustavus Tuite Dalton, the first editor of the Anglo Celt) and James P. Perrin Esq. Late resident magistrate of the Bailieborough District to name a few. While research is key to learning more about the history of the graveyard much of our work is also on the ground, grass cutting and trying to maintain access to the area. To preserve both the archeology and ecology of the site all of this work has to be carried out by hand.

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Walking Among The Dead – Photo Credit – Maria Jordan-O’Reilly

Site access is so important and we currently run tours of the graveyard, led by Margaret Mortimer, about once a year. Without the support of community grants our ongoing work would not be possible. So once again we say a big thank you to SSE Renewables for their support.

If you would like to read more about the Old Church of Ireland Graveyard in Bailieborough, you will find our online booklet HERE.