All are wel­come to an­nual Pau­pers’ Grave­yard pa­tron

Wexford People - - NEWS -

THE AN­NUAL pa­tron at the Pau­pers’ Grave­yard in Cool­cotts will take place on Fri­day, June 15 at 7.30 p.m. and all are wel­come to at­tend.

The event is held ev­ery year to hon­our the me­mory of ‘The For­got­ten Ones’, the des­ti­tute, or men­tally and phys­i­cally chal­lenged men, women and chil­dren who were buried in the grave­yard. Many of them were in­mates of the Wex­ford Union Work­house, for­merly the old Wex­ford Hospi­tal.

Those buried in the grave­yard re­ceived no obit­u­ary or proper fu­neral, and were buried in shal­low graves with no head­stones. Buri­als took place at the site from 1852 up to 1939.

The an­nual pa­tron was first held in 1990 when for­mer coun­cil­lor Padge Reck, Ray Nolan and other mem­bers of Wex­ford Me­mo­rial Trust com­mit­tee or­gan­ised it.

The Wex­ford Male Voice Choir and the Holy Fam­ily Con­fra­ter­nity Band will per­form dur­ing the cer­e­mony. Re­fresh­ments will be served in Cool­cotts Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, O’Leary Road, im­me­di­ately af­ter the event. All are wel­come to at­tend.

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