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re: workhouse burials riddle solved

Posted by MM on April 20, 2007 at 22:20:45:

In Reply to: workhouse burials riddle solved posted by Mary McCarthy -Jones on April 18, 2007 at 09:40:54:

This posted by "Murrisk" inn 2004.What you are describing sounds like mass graves that were supposedly dug during the famine.The pathways to the work house were called "cosan na marbh".I read that in a book written about the famine by ?members/workers of Mayo County Library.Incidently someone who was a young labourer in the 60's would only be in their late 50-60's not elderly now.
Posted by Murrisk on October 14, 2004 at 13:26:50:

In Reply to: County Home Cemetery posted by Royal on October 13, 2004 at 13:24:54:

I worked on the building of the new Sacred Heart Home in the 60´s. Old graves were found when the foundations were being excavated. Sometimes there were remnants of coffins and bones, and sometimes only bones. I don´t remember any mass graves. The remains were properly recoffined and reburied in the (now old) cemetery. Church records should show where these burials took place.

There was also an old burial ground behind St. Mary´s. There are new houses built on top of this graveyard.

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