Heritage Week: 26/8/2009 Remembering the Famine at Edenderry
Located on Sr. Senan Avenue, Edenderry. The Edenderry Poor Law Union or Workhouse opened its door to the destitute, elderly, disabled, ill and orphaned on March 19th 1842. Until its closure in 1921, many poor souls died there and were buried in unmarked graves in a small field at the rear of the building. At its peak in 1849, there were 1,800 people in the Workhouse, which dwindled to 377 in 1861. The only monument to mark their final resting place, was erected by Muintir na Tire in 1958 when the burial place was named St. Vincent's. To mark the 150th anniversary of the Famine, the cemetery was renovated and re-dedicated on Heritage Day, September 21st, 1997. New gates and piers with commemorative plaques were erected also.
Inscription on the right pier reads;
Doibh Go Leir
Erected 1997 to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Great Famine
Inscription on the left pier reads;
Erected in Memory
Of all who are interred in St. Vincent's Cemetery R.I.P.