Clopook graveyard near Timahoe is set in beautiful countryside just at the base of rocky outcrop which contains the Dun of Clopook, a hillfort associated with the O’Moore clan. The medieval church in the graveyard is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin.
The community at Clopook have been looking after the graveyard for many years and their efforts are recorded in the short film below, created for Heritage Week 2021.
A Conservation Plan for the full graveyard will be written as part of the Conservation and Pollination project. The recommendations of the plan will then be put into place in 2022 and 2023, in collaboration with the local community.
Clopook graveyard Committee members from left: Raymond Lacey, chairman; Cllr Padraig Fleming, Paddy Lacey, Patrick O’Neill, Mary McMahon, treasurer and Eilish O’Neill. Picture: Alf Harvey.
Preparing for the conservation work at Clopook graveyard, Co. Laois which will be carried out by Laois and Offaly County Councils as part of a Just Transition Funded project “Conservation and Pollination”. Picture: Alf Harvey.
Colm Flynn Archaeologist in Clopook to prepare for the “Conservation and Pollination” project. Picture: Alf Harvey.
Conservation Team Howley Hayes Cooney Architects and Colm Flynn Archaeologist meeting the community at Clopook graveyard at the start of the Just Transition Funded project “Conservation and Pollination”. Picture: Alf Harvey.