Gods Acre - The Garden of Sleep, Quaker burial ground

Ballybrommell, Co. Carlow

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About Gods Acre - The Garden of Sleep, Quaker burial ground

Gods Acre - The Garden of Sleep, Quaker burial ground in Ballybrommell, Co. Carlow.

This Quaker burial ground is a reminder of the once thriving Quaker community in Co. Carlow. Quarkerism evolved in the North of England in the 17th century and made its first inroads into the Carlow/Kildare region during the Cromwellian plantations of the 1650s. Many Quaker families settled in the Fenagh area, the most notable of which were the Watson's and the Leckys who purchased large farms at Kilconner and Ballykealey respectively.

The low curving wall and arched pedestrian gateway bearing the legend 'God's Acre - the Garden of Sleep' were erected by Fielding Lecky Watson (1873-1943) as a memorial to members of the Lecky and Watson families. Among the small number of individual graves are those of Fielding Lecky Watson's daughter, Corona North and her husband Gary North. Corona's simple gravestone reminds visitors of her lifetime dedication to nearby Altamont Gardens, widely recognised as the jewel in Ireland's gardening crown. The gardens are an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens with riverside walks covering over 40 acres.


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