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ST. KEVIN’S CHURCH AND GRAVEYARD
Next door to Kevin Street College there is a little public park consisting of St. Kevin's Church and Churchyard. I studied electronics and telecommunications for five years at Kevin Street college and I was totally unaware of the existence St. Kevin’s church until a few days ago. It is more than likely that it was not open to to the public until after I completed my studies.

St. Kevin's park is according to locals both haunted and cursed. I do not know if it is haunted by the people who had their gravestones moved, by the souls of the unclaimed victims of the great famine or the spirit of Archbishop Dermot O'Hurley who was horribly tortured before his death.

Arthur Wellesley, better know as the Duke of Wellington, was baptised in St. kevin’s Church..

The church is the burial place of Archbishop Dermot O'Hurley, who was interred here after his execution on 20 June 1584 at Hoggen Green. O'Hurley, ordained Archbishop of Cashel in 1581, was imprisoned and tortured by government authorities upon his return from Rome in 1583. His grave became a place of veneration for Roman Catholics for several hundred years. In 1609, in view of the throngs of pilgrims coming to his grave, the church was rebuilt and a new entrance was made.

In 1698, the time of the Penal Laws, the church was offered to the Huguenot community as a place of worship and cemetery. The graveyard continued to be used by Catholics until the end of the 19th century.

During the 17th and 18th centuries many notable people resident in the suburbs south of the city were interred here. After the Reformation, although a Protestant cemetery, it had come by custom to be used by Catholics and the Quakers.

People buried here include: Rev John Austin S.J. (1717–1784), a pioneer of Catholic education in Ireland, whose tomb was restored by Rev. Dr. John T. Laphen, of St. Catherines, Meath St. John Keogh (1740–1817), intimate friend of Theobald Wolfe Tone, who once owned the land where Mount Jerome Cemetery now stands. The Moore Family (of Thomas Moore). Jean Jasper Joly (1740–9 November 1823), captain of the Irish Volunteers in 1798.

At the start of the 19th century the cemetery, like many others in Dublin, became a target of the body-snatchers, although it was surrounded by high walls (changed to railings in the 1960s). In February 1830 a Frenchman named Nagles and his friend were attacked by a group of "sack-em-ups" lying in wait near the cemetery. The criminals' attention was diverted by the arrival of a cart-load of dead bodies, giving Nagles the opportunity to escape and notify the police at Arran Quay, who apprehended the culprits. On one occasion a body-snatcher was chased as far as Thomas Street, where he finally dropped his booty—the body of a young girl.

In June 1961 the body of a local five-year-old boy from Cuffe Street was found in the graveyard. Blood-stained stones found nearby indicated that he had been murdered, but despite an intensive investigation, the murderer was never discovered.
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