A large graveyard which surrounds the ruins of an old church dedicated to St. Patrick, located on the south side of the town of Skerries, Fingal, Co. Dublin. There is a stone to Peter Mainn, Prior of the House of the B.V.M. of Holmpatrick dated 1520, the earliest recorded in Fingal.
Many of the burials relate to deaths at sea, including those with the Coastguard Service. One epitaph reads:
“Boreas blasts and Neptune’s waves hath tos’d me to & fro
In spite of both by God’s decree I anchor here below
I station here and lie secure with many of our fleet
In hopes once more for to set sail
Our Saviour Christ to meet.”
There are a number buried here who fell during the Great War. There are also some who fought for Irish Independence, and some who died for it, including John Terry Sherlock, killed 1920.
The family vault of the Woods’ of Milverton is in this graveyard, where many of their staff are also buried.
Surveys: APMDI Journal i p174-175, ii p294-295, vi p266, vii p338-342, viii p51; Irish Memorials Assoc. Journal xii p307-510. M. Egan Vol.7 p69-230