cillín burial ground
cillín burial ground otherwise known as children’s burial grounds is an area of ground that was used for unconsecrated burials, there is one here on the Isle of Doagh. It is right beside the road and you can park next to it, there is an information board which gives a detailed explanation of the site.
As infant mortality would be very high in this period, most burials in the burial grounds would be of children, either stillborn or unbaptized children. Other people who would be buried in the site would be criminals, strangers whose religion was not known and suicides.
It has been found during excavations throughout Ireland of these sites that they date from between 1500- mid-1800s with the earliest historical reference being in 1619.
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