THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Monday, May 31, 1824
CONSECRATION OF A PUBLIC BURIAL GROUND.
The mode in which the new Burial Act has operated will soon appear
generally. On Monday, the 17th inst., the Right Rev. Dr. Doyle, R.C., Bishop of
Kildare and Leighlin, consecrated a Catholic Burial Ground near Naas. The
object, as our Correspondent, the Rev. Gerald Doyle, Parish Priest of Naas,
observes, is to prevent the necessity of complying with the odious clauses of
Mr. Plunkett's Bill. This is the first Burial Ground consecrated since the
enactment of that Bill, and notwithstanding the difficulties and delays already
experienced in carrying the objects of the Catholic Association into effect,
there is no doubt, we believe, that it will be universally followed.
The ceremony is described by our Reverend Correspondent as highly imposing.
Though the morning was wet and unfavourable, the concourse of people was very
great. Among them were several Protestants and some Protestant Clergymen. "The
number of crosses, the lighted tapers, the singing of Psalms, the religious
feelings of the multitude, the Clergy, as well as the ceremony itself, made the
scene extremely awful. The ceremony continued about an hour. After the
consecrating, the Bishop told the multitude to repair to the Chapel, and that he
would there explain the nature of the ceremony- he did so, for about 30 minutes,
with his usual ability, to the high gratification of a very crowded
auditory."-Dublin Evening Post.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News