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Headstones and graves damaged in north Dublin graveyard after road crash

Pictures show extensive damage to a number of graves and headstones in St Patrick’s Graveyard, also known as the Old Graveyard in the village of Donabate.

The damaged Old Graveyard in Donabate. Picture: Mark Condren

A local woman surveys the damage at the Old Grave Yard (St Patrick's) in Donabate. Photo: Mark Condren

The damaged Old Graveyard in Donabate. Photo: Mark Condren

Seoirse MulgrewIndependent.ie

A graveyard in a north Dublin town suffered significant damage overnight.

Pictures show extensive damage to a number of graves and headstones in St Patrick’s Graveyard, also known as the Old Graveyard in the village of Donabate.

It is understood gardaí attended a road traffic incident on the Main Street in Donabate at approximately 3.15am this morning.

A female in her 40s was taken to Beaumont Hospital to be treated for her injuries.

Labour Party representative for Donabate, Corina Johnston said at least six or seven headstones were damaged.

The damaged Old Graveyard in Donabate. Photo: Mark Condren

“The walls of the graveyard are very badly damaged. But the big thing is that somebody was actually injured, and we would be very concerned and hope that they make a full recovery.

“The headstones would be very old, some of them could be a couple of hundred years old, it is the old country graveyard with as the saying goes some of the original born and bred Donabate people.

“So, there are a lot of families waking up this morning to hear the news that some of the headstones are actually broken and very badly damaged. It’s dreadful news for all of us.

"The graveyard is maintained very well by the families so they’re obviously going to be very upset.”

A local woman surveys the damage at the Old Grave Yard (St Patrick's) in Donabate. Photo: Mark Condren

Local historian Peadar Bates estimated that hundreds of people could be buried in the cemetery.

“The earliest graves date from the beginning of the 19th century, say 1810 or 1820 or so would be the earliest.

"I was down looking at it this morning, I’d say there are dozens of headstones damaged,” he said.


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