MUSIC, POETRY, PRAYER AND COMMEMORATION BREAK THE MOUSEWOOD SILENCE

22 August 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Peter Hughes

After a silence that began to fall almost 175 years ago, the people of the Mousewood Graveyard were given voice again through music, poetry, prayer and commemoration in Belgium Park on Saturday. The unveiling of the Mousewood Graveyard Memorial – remembering the hundreds of unknown adults and children who rest in the nearby Kilnacloy burial ground – brought current and former residents of the local area and people from across the North Monaghan hinterland together for reflection.

The graveyard was the final resting place for those who ended their days in the Monaghan Union Workhouse established in 1842 on the eve of Famine times, and the Monaghan Fever Hospital subsequently added to the site. “Lost to poverty”, as Reverend Alan McQuade phrased it on Saturday, and subsequently lost…

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