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Temple Hill Burial Ground CO-THBG-01 3D Model
One of two headstones identified in Temple Hill Burial Ground (CO074-065----) with a smiling face inscribed in relief. This graveyard is locted in the townland of Ballintemple (Irish: Baile an Teampall or ‘Town of the Church’) and has somewhat enigmatic origins.
Windele (1910, 172), has suggested that the church associated with the site of Temple Hill, was ‘erected in 1392 by the Knights Templars, which was afterwards granted to the Prior and brethren of Gill-abbey‘ however this has not been substantiated by later research with MacCarthy (1996) indicating that had this been the case, it would not have been included in the Crusade tax.
Both Catholic and Protestand burials are present on site with the earliest examples dating to the early 18th century. The site is still in use today with the most recent burial dating to 2014. However, modern inhumations and reuse have caused visible disturbance to earlier burials and the overall stratigraphy of the site.