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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Séipéal agus Reilg an Chaisleáin Nua, Co. Phort Láirge:
Once part of Portlaw parish,
Newcastle church and cemetery are now seldom heard of.
Their unique 'secret' location may well be the reason!
As already stated, the location of the long-defunct Newcastle
church, and cemetery, must surely be quite unique. On the road from Kilmeaden to Carrolls’Cross
(Waterford to Cork road), turn left immediately before Haughtons’ pub. A short
distance further on, having come to a Y junction, keep left again, and a very short
distance still further on one will see the entrance gate on right, with name plaque on gate
From inside the gate, a very-well-kept grassy passage leads uphill,
making one wonder what is over the top!
On one's right, before reaching the summit,
one is pleasantly surprised at seeing this nice grotto to
Our Lady of Lourdes,
with this natural outcrop of local stone.
The stone, sandstone surely, is beautifully coloured.