A family in Newbridge, which held a very successful reunion recently to mark the year of The Gathering 2013, were left dismayed after a new family head stone marking a grave which laid unmarked since 1901 was vandalised last week.
Eamon Nolan with the help of Kathleen Nolan, aged 97, from Kilbelin and cemetery records, discovered the unmarked graves of his great grandparents Michael and Catherine Menton in Kilbelin Cemetery and was astonished to find that some of their children were also buried there. The family erected three new headstones for a celebratory reunion blessing held at the grave side on February 23.
“We created a plan to have the graves marked with proper headstones,” said Eamon who lives in Ailsbury Park and whose cousin is the Mayor of Kildare, Micheal ‘Spike’ Nolan.
“The event began with prayers at the grave side and all then retired to Newbridge Town Clubhouse for food and craic.” Over 150 relatives attended the reunion from far and wide and the headstone has since been fixed.
“Unfortunately our society seems to be dropping to lower levels, after all our work in getting the new headstones erected, some vandals decide to have fun and kick one of them over for fun,” he added.