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Professor Kevin Whelan to speak at patron in Wexford Paupers’ Graveyard


The Paupers' Graveyard in Wexford.

The Paupers' Graveyard in Wexford.

The Paupers' Graveyard in Wexford.


County Wexford historian and author Professor Kevin Whelan will be the guest speaker at the annual patron in the Wexford Paupers’ Graveyard in Coolcotts on Friday, June 10 at 7.30 pm.

Professor Whelan has been director of the University of Notre Dame Programme for quarter of a century and has been researching the impact of the Great Famine and its relevance to understanding the evolution of Irish history to the present day.

All are welcome to attend the patron which will include performances of music by the Wexford Male Voice Choir and the Holy Family Confraternity Band.

Light refreshments will be served immediately after the ceremony at Coolcotts Community Centre around the corner in O’ Leary Road.

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The patron is organised and hosted by Wexford Memorial Trust which was unable to hold public events for the past two years due to pandemic restrictions.

“At our annual patron we honour the memory of the Wexford men, women and little children buried in the Paupers' Graveyard, the poor, the deprived, the destitute and the mentally and physically challenged”, said Memorial chairperson Helen Corish-Wylde.

" They received no obituary or proper funeral and with one exception all were laid to rest in shallow graves without a headstone, as there was no money to pay for one. Large stones mark some of the graves, placed there by family members so they could distinguish their loved one's resting place. Many of ‘The Forgotten Ones’ buried in the graveyard were inmates of Wexford Union Workhouse - known today as the old Wexford Hospital.”