Aiden's N.S., Monasteraden
|Saint Aiden is said to have sited his
Monasterary here in Early Christian Times - he died c. 570 AD.
It was a Cashel and you can see the entrance to the Souterrain
in the centre of the graveyard.
It is one of a few circular
graveyards still in use in Ireland.
In 1830’s there was a
ruin of a church – but nothing remains today.
The walls of
the graveyard are built on the foundation of the old Cashel walls.
An ancient corn drying kiln was discovered here in the 1990’s.
In 1836 the graveyard was
recorded as a burial place for children, strangers and poor people
– lots of grave stones are unmarked.
The oldest marked
grave we found is of John Hayden who died in 1836.
the family names are still in the Monasteraden area.
film ‘The Train’ Leo Plunkett visits the grave of his parents
Christy and Annie Plunkett.
There is a well preserved
entrance to the graveyard.
In our film ‘The
tallystick’ Jonathan and Kyle run into the graveyard but step back
in time to meet St. Aiden.
‘I thought this was a
graveyard’ says Kyle when he meets Saint Aiden.
realises that Monasteraden must be ‘called after you, St. Aiden,
Monasterary of Aiden’.