YEW ARBOUR AT THE ENTRANCE TO AN OLD GRAVEYARD [MAYNOOTH COLLEGE]-111967
This was not easy to photograph because of the very bright conditions at the end of the tunnel.
I am not sure if “yew arbour” is the correct term for the avenue of trees at the entrance to a graveyard such as the one within the grounds of Maynooth College.
It may surprise many visitors to discover that Maynooth College has its own graveyard. The cemetery can be found past the Junior Garden on campus and the first burial was in 1817.
There are several features of this small cemetery that are characteristic of 19th-century Irish cemeteries, most notable the yew arbour that serves as an entrance to the burial ground. A holdover from ancient burial rites, yew trees are often associated with imagery of death and funerary practice. In practical terms, the yew is often placed at the entrance to cemeteries because its leaves are poisonous to animals and birds. Therefore they do not enter the cemetery, and do not disturb the foliage within.