These are the interesting and ancient grounds of St Mary’s Church in the beautiful seaside town of Dungarvan. An old ruin of a gable wall stands 32 feet long and 30 feet high in the grounds of the cemetery has 5 peculiar circular opes which have perplexed local historians for years. It now seems that these are the last surviving remains of the old Pre-Reformation Parish Church ‘St. Mary the Virgin’ which dates back to the 1300’s. It was probably used as a stable for Cromwell’s horse and destroyed soon after. The beautiful views from here were much admired and painted in the 18th and 19th century visitors to Dungarvan. The graveyard has many interesting old gravestones including a box tomb commemorating the Ryland family of Dungarvan. There is also a new memorial to mark the site of a mass grave of those who were drowned in the shipwreck of the sailing ship the Moresby in 1895. The pathway through the churchyard was an ancient right-of-way for the fishermen of Boreenatra (English translation “road beside the sea”) to their boats on the quay. The little neo-Tudor style house in the corner of the churchyard is the old Church of Ireland school dated 1846.