Heritage Week 2022 - Old Connaught Church and Graveyard

Figure 1: The ruined church and graveyard at Old Conna
The Medieval Bray Project

The Medieval Bray Project’s volunteers have been working along with others on a project relating to the ruined medieval church and graveyard situated on Old Connaught Avenue south of Bray.  This work has had multiple aims described below.

Improving access

The first aim has been to try to control, at least to some extent, the vegetation, largely invasive species, within the graveyard and the church itself, and to restore a path leading to the church, with the assistance of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Following on from this work and as a part of Heritage Week 2022, the graveyard and church will be open from 10 a.m. to 12.00 noon on Sunday 14 August and Sunday 21 August.  Although work on clearance has taken place, the graveyard is still quite overgrown, so visitors should wear suitable clothes and shoes and be aware that the ground is quite uneven.   Information leaflets will be available.

Plants and Biodiversity

As part of its work, the Project commissioned a survey of the plants in the graveyard by Dr. Tom Curtis, which is available in another post on this site.  The clearance work has not involved the use of any pesticides.

Sharing information

The Project has also produced a leaflet about various aspects of site.  This is available locally or it can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post.   It has also produced a longer article about the history of the site, in so far as it can be determined, and this is also available in another post on this site.

Headstone Survey

A survey is in progress by Robert Harris who works with the Roaringwater Journal that will provide a list of the surviving headstones in the cemetery and plot their location on a map.  This will available online in due course.  There are, of course, in all likelihood, a large number of other burials whose wooden or metal markers don’t survive but this survey should provide a useful resource.


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