Prayer service preparations underway at Abbey Graveyard

Volunteers came out in force the weekend before last to prepare the old Abbey Graveyard for a prayer service to be held on Sunday May 6 for the feast of St. Conleth, patron saint of the Newbridge Parish.

Volunteers came out in force the weekend before last to prepare the old Abbey Graveyard for a prayer service to be held on Sunday May 6 for the feast of St. Conleth, patron saint of the Newbridge Parish.

This year it is planned to have a prayer service at 3pm in the Old Connell Abbey at Baroda Stud to celebrate St Conleth whose feast day is on Wednesday, May 4.

“A group of local volunteers have spent many hours clearing the debris and making access to the ruins possible,” said Mayor Damian Molyneaux.

“That was old Abbey which goes back hundreds and hundreds of years ago.

“Within the walls of the ruins of the Abbey they built the graveyard. It is a catholic graveyard families in Newbridge would have people buried there. It was a big job and we went out over two weekends and we are looking for volunteers to help out.

St Conleth was a metal worker who specialsed in silver which is also unique to Newbridge.”

Newbridge Town Council and St Conleth’s Parish are inviting people to join them at the Old Abbey ruins to hear something of the history, to say a few prayers and to remember St Conleth and to have a cup of tea.

Volunteers please bring your own tools and for further informaion ring Damian Molyneaux on 0872450881.

All are welcome from 3pm at Old Connell Abbey near Baroda Stud.