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Mousewood Burial Ground Remembered: In the townland of Kilnacloy close to the present Belgium Park housing estate lies and overgrown graveyard which was abandoned and forgoten about or years until a group of people decided that it was time that something was done to remember those who were buried there. Originally opened in 1842 those who died in the local Fever Hospital and the Monaghan Union Workhouse were buried there but it closed its gates in 1920. The names and background of those interred there is unknown but they are likely to be ancestors to Monaghan families. After months of planning the commemoration ceremony took place on Saturday, August 17th 2019, which included an ecumenical service of prayer and reflection led by Canon Paddy McGinn, Rev Ian Berry and Rev Alan McQuade. Speakers at the event included Cllr Sean Conlon, Mayor of Monaghan Municipal District; Historian and prime mover for the project, Theo McMahon, Gerry Hughes, on behalf of the Belgium Park residents; Siobhan McCormack, chairperson of Old Monaghan Society; Peter Hughes, who read a poem about the graveyard, while Dan McDonald was Master of Ceremonies. Hymns were sung to the music of Monaghan Community Brass Band and the singing led by Brian and Tony Swift. The Commemorative Monument was built by craftsman, Pat McKenna, using stone from all neighbouring parishes and donated by locals including the present owner of the land on which the graveyard lies. The Monument was unveild by Pat McKenna and Theo McMahon and a lament played by Lone Piper, Brian Morgan, brought a dignified silence to the gathering.
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Mousewood Burial Ground Remembered: In the townland of Kilnacloy close to the present Belgium Park housing estate lies and overgrown graveyard which was abandoned and forgoten about or years until a group of people decided that it was time that something was done to remember those who were buried there. Originally opened in 1842 those who died in the local Fever Hospital and the Monaghan Union Workhouse were buried there but it closed its gates in 1920. The names and background of those interred there is unknown but they are likely to be ancestors to Monaghan families. After months of planning the commemoration ceremony took place on Saturday, August 17th 2019, which included an ecumenical service of prayer and reflection led by Canon Paddy McGinn, Rev Ian Berry and Rev Alan McQuade. Speakers at the event included Cllr Sean Conlon, Mayor of Monaghan Municipal District; Historian and prime mover for the project, Theo McMahon, Gerry Hughes, on behalf of the Belgium Park residents; Siobhan McCormack, chairperson of Old Monaghan Society; Peter Hughes, who read a poem about the graveyard, while Dan McDonald was Master of Ceremonies. Hymns were sung to the music of Monaghan Community Brass Band and the singing led by Brian and Tony Swift. The Commemorative Monument was built by craftsman, Pat McKenna, using stone from all neighbouring parishes and donated by locals including the present owner of the land on which the graveyard lies. The Monument was unveild by Pat McKenna and Theo McMahon and a lament played by Lone Piper, Brian Morgan, brought a dignified silence to the gathering.