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Sarah Carey


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Day spent touring: Bill Carey at St Caimin’s Church on Holy Island, Lough Derg – the view behind is of the graveyard with Lough Derg in the background

Day spent touring: Bill Carey at St Caimin’s Church on Holy Island, Lough Derg – the view behind is of the graveyard with Lough Derg in the background

Day spent touring: Bill Carey at St Caimin’s Church on Holy Island, Lough Derg – the view behind is of the graveyard with Lough Derg in the background

"I'm supposed to be in Portugal," I told Michael Gleeson's sisters as we inspected a graveyard on Holy Island on Lough Derg on Tuesday. Michael Gleeson is our neighbour, a master beekeeper and one of my mother's graveyard friends. She's into graveyards.

Whenever we drive around we're given to exclaiming, "There's a graveyard!", with a heavy mix of enthusiasm and irony. Her group have copied and mapped every graveyard in the Credit Union ward area of Enfield, creating a website (enfieldgraveyards.ie) containing a searchable database of all the records.


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