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The Paupers' Graveyard by gemma

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True evil never dies; it just lays dormant waiting for the right time to awaken. In Ireland today there are many green and fertile acres that lie unplowed. Some are rumoured to be graveyards where the victims were buried in their thousands in unmarked graves. Others are beside former workhouses, only their ruins visible among the weeds.
No builder will build here. There are also many places that are unmapped and its only word of mouth that has marked them as such. Lonely spots, on empty stretches of road, that the old women still whisper about late at night and cross themselves in fear.
There is one such graveyard that was meant to be the resting-place of over a hundred of these unfortunate victims. An acre or more of unconsecrated ground into which their bodies were thrown one after the other. Some are buried alone, found decomposing on the side of the road or in their small tumble down cottages. They were hauled by cart to be covered by the damp earth in order to try and stop the spread of disease. Others are in groups, families that huddled together for warmth in the dreadful winter of 1847 and waited for death to relieve them of their suffering. There is also a mass grave where it is said that over fifty bodies are buried. Though these people will never be forgotten they remain just part of a tragic history. There are no stones that list their names, nothing to mark their passing, no sign that this was ever a graveyard.
Still, the very air around it should warn the unwary that this is a place of deep unrest. The bushes and trees that border it on all sides are overgrown and have tangled themselves around one another for comfort. Despite the warmth of a summer

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Gemma Mawdsley is a full time author living inLimerick. Though first published at the tender age of ten-years-old in a local newspaper, she wrote many stories over the years just as a hobby, and did not think about getting published until completing a two year course on creative writing in the University of Limerick. She then went on to further study in the Killaloe Hedge School of Writing. She started working full time as a writer four years ago, In 2006 she was short listed by Waterstones in their search for a children

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