ME02033 - JARRETSTOWN - Church

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Situated on a low rise in a level landscape. A chapel at Jarretstown in the large parish of Dunboyne does not occur in the ecclesiastical lists, but it is amongst nine chapels recorded by Cogan (1862-70, vol. 1, 190), who says that this church had been destroyed and the stones removed, including those around the graveyard, although burial continued until c. 1820. John O’Donovan, writing in 1836, records that the reilicín was still being used for the burial of unbaptized infants (Herity 1001, 114). The graveyard is marked as an irregularly-shaped area described as an 'Old Burying Ground' on the 1836 ed. of the OS 6" map. The foundations of a small building (int. dims 7m NE-SW; 3.5m NW-SE) survive within a small sub-triangular enclosure (dims c. 20m NW-SE; c. 20m NE-SW) defined by low earthen banks or a plough scarp. The above description is derived from the published 'Archaeological Inventory of County Meath' (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1987). In certain instances the entries have been revised and updated in the light of recent research. Compiled by: Michael Moore Date of revision: 13 April, 2015

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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