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Laraghbryan (Irish: Láithreach Briúin) is the site of an old monastic settlement, cemetery and ruined church, 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) west of Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland. It is the site of a graveyard which is in use by the Roman Catholic Parish of Maynooth; the ruined church consists of a nave and chancel with a tower attached, most of the ruined structure was part of a church built in Norman times, however this church was built on the site of a previous ecclesiastical settlement.

In 1770 when the first Duke of Leinster restored Saint Mary's Church of Ireland in Maynooth, the wooden East Window was removed from Laraghbryan and installed in Saint Mary's, where it is today.[1]

Laraghbryan Cemetery[edit]

While most of the burials in the graveyard were from the 19th century, in the 20th century its usage was increased by the Maynooth parish. There is a wall separating the old graveyard and new cemetery, however burials still take place in the old graveyard.[2] Prior to the opening of the College Cemetery in Maynooth, in 1817, a number of professors of the college were buried here: Rev. Charles Lovelock, Rev Clotworthy Augustine McCormick (d 1807) and Rev Edward Ferris.[3]

The Baronet Sir William Talbot BL, MP (for Meath 1613-1615) and a freeman of Dublin, was buried here in 1634.

Domhnall Ua Buachalla, the last Governor General of Ireland, was buried here in 1963.


  1. ^ In the Past - St Mary’s Church of Ireland Maynooth Town Portal.
  2. ^ Laraghbryan Cemetery Kildare County Council Heritage Office
  3. ^ Laraghbryan Monastic Settlement Archived 2012-06-28 at the Wayback Machine St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, Website.

Coordinates: 53°22′54″N 6°36′50″W / 53.3818°N 6.6138°W / 53.3818; -6.6138