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Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny
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Graveyards - Knocktopher

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0848, Page 060

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There is an old graveyard in Knocktopher. There is an old church in ruins in the graveyard. only part of the wall are standing. The old tower of the church is still there. In the graveyard was found some years ago a very old tomb & on it was carved the figures of Adam & Eve. This tomb is now in the tower.
At the left hand side of the gate going in there is a cave. This cave leads down to an underground passage which leads into Knocktopher Abbey, the residence of Sir Hercules Langrishe. Long ago Knocktopher Abbey was a Carmelite Friary & the underground passage was used by the Friars to go from one Abbey to the other.
It is said that strange lights were often seen in and around the present Abbey

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