Collapsed wall at Quaker burial ground in Clonmel needs "urgent attention"

Eamonn Wynne

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Quaker Burial ground

A portion of the wall between the Quaker burial ground and the laneway at the rear of houses in Anne Street, Clonmel collapsed recently

A significant portion of the wall in the laneway at the rear of houses in Anne Street, Clonmel had collapsed into the Quaker burial ground and the remainder of the wall needed urgent attention, Cllr.Michael Murphy stated at the montly meeting of Clonmel Borough District.

He said he wouldn't be surprised if the wall was a protected structure, and the portion that remained needed to be propped up.

Anne Peters, representing the County Council's Environment Directorate, said she would investigate.

The Society of Friends (Quakers) graveyard was opened in 1709. Many very prominent Clonmel Anglo-Irish families are buried there, as the plaque at the entrance arch in O'Neill Street testifies.

The plaque was unveiled by the Mayor of Clonmel, Vera Hewitt, in 1999.

The Clibborn, Davis, Grubb, Malcomson, Hughes, Pim and Fayle families provided much employment to the people of the town, and during the Great Famine, from 1845-1848, provided sustenance to the starving.