Diamond Valley


Valley of the Diamonds Funeral c1900
The extraordinary spectacle of a 1900 Catholic funeral is described by author Colbert Martin in his book of life in Bray and the Valley of Diamonds from 1900 to 1940 'A Drink from Broderick's Well'.

“When anybody died in the Valley of Diamonds there were three things to be done immediately,

(1) The woman who laid out a corpse had to be contacted,

(2) Arrangements had to be made to collect the bearer (a hinged wooden frame with shafts at either end) from the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer. The coffin was placed on the bearer which was carried on the shoulders of the relatives or friends of the deceased,

(3) Peter Long had to be notified. An imposing figure of a man, with his long beard , Peter would walk in front of the funeral cortege reciting the De Profundis from memory.”


Broderick Family Grave

Final resting place, since 1826, of the Broderick Family, Valley of Diamonds, at St. Paul's Church of Ireland Graveyard, Bray.

Learn here about Broderick's Well



De Profundis

De Profundis