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Title: South Dublin Village Walks - Rathcoole Step 4: Rathcoole Graveyard.
Authors: South Dublin Libraries - Local Studies
Photography: O'Connor.
Keywords: South Dublin Village Walks
Issue Date: 27-Sep-2013
Description: South Dublin Village Walks - Rathcoole Step 4: Rathcoole Graveyard. There’s a structure near the front boundary wall with iron doors and a family crest over the entrance. This is the Kennedy family crypt which was constructed in 1828, and its high visibility is testament to the high esteem in which the Kennedy family was held in these parts. The first burial in this vault took place in 1828. This was Maria Beaumon, wife of John Kennedy, who later became the first Baronet Kennedy. Later Kennedys married into the Gentry and had among their number a noted Justice of the Peace, three British army officers, a philanthropist and a Magistrate. The Kennedy family home, the Johnstown-Kennedy estate, still exists and was used for exterior shots in the 1980s UTV/RTE series “The Irish R.M.” You will also see a distinctive burial marker in the form of a broken column. This is the Verschoyle family plot. The broken column memorial is a common theme in late 19th to early 20th century burials, and symbolises a life cut short. Arthur Griffith’s headstone in Glasnevin Cemetery takes the same form. At the front of the church boundary wall, facing the street, is a plaque commemorating an incident in 1798 which reads: "Within this churchyard lie the mortal remains of RICHARD FYANS and J. MOLLOY who were executed near here on the 20th June 1798"
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South Dublin Heritage Walks Collection

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