Please note that this event has been cancelled due to the present situation with the COVID-19 virus.
Free lecture titled, Mausolea and Memorials to the Dead in Ireland,
by Dr Finbar McCormick, will take place in St David’s Church, Naas, on Thursday 12th March 2020 at 8pm. Refreshments from 7.30pm.
In Maudlins burial ground, Naas, there are two fine stone pyramids in need of conservation and the Follies Trust is working with the Select Vestry and the local community to raise awareness of these interesting structures and the need for their conservation.
The cost of restoration is quite steep and the Follies Trust has already secured financial support from two trusts and has submitted an application for a grant under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme.
A lecture was held in St David’s Church, Naas, on Thursday 30th January, at which attendees were invited to give donations. The lecture was given by Andrew Tierney on Pyramids and Follies in Central Leinster, which provided some insight into the origins of pyramids and associated place names as well as a closer look at the history and construction of the two pyramids in Maudlins. The lecture was extremely well attended with over 100 people greatly enjoying a most engaging talk.
A second lecture in support of this conservation effort will be held in March:
Mausolea and Memorials to the dead in Ireland
Dr Finbar McCormick
Thursday 12th March 2020, 8pm
St David’s Church, Naas
There is no charge for the lecture, however, donations to the Follies Trust for the conservation of the pyramids would be most welcome.
Information about the Follies Trust can be found on their website: https://follies-trust.org/
If you cannot attend but would like to donate please send a cheque to
Dr Robert Logan, Hon Treasurer, the Follies Trust, 19 Pineview Court, Gilford, Co. Armagh BT63 6AY.
The Historic Graves website provides photographs and inscriptions of the various monuments in Maudlins, including these pyramid mausolea: https://historicgraves.com/graveyard/maudlins/kd-mdln