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Two similar headstones in Ardmore, Co. Waterford

Ardmore graveyard is iconic - the late round tower, the early church and cathedral and the adjacent 8th century beannachán (relic church for St Declan) form a compact group enclosed by a curving road to the west and a stream and glen to the east. This is the graveyard where the very first Historic Graves recordings (http://historicgraves.com/graveyard/ardmore/wa-ardm) were made and since the early days here in 2010 we have gone on to work in over 400 graveyards throughout Ireland and more recently in the UK. 

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Killeagh graveyard by the N25

Anybody who has driven the N25 from Rosslare to Cork or Kerry will have passed this graveyard in Killeagh village and it is an Irish gem well worth a visit.

As well as being so accessible it also has an excellent collection of 19th century grave memorials. Many Irish graveyards are interesting for their 18th century headstones but Killeagh has a large, varied 19th century collection. From ledger slabs to table tombs, box tombs and crypted vaults, to headstones (small and large), with footstones and rarely preserved and in situ sidetones. The sidetones are cut the same as footstones but they demarcate the sides of the family 3 ft, 6 ft or 9 ft plots and we rarely find them outside of Cork.

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Visiting the Quaker cemetery in Rosenallis, Co. Laois

There are two fascinating burial grounds in Rosenallis, Co. Laois, the Quaker cemetery and St. Brigids churchyard just up the road from that. This video is a brief tour of the Quaker cemetery of Rosenallis. Laois has a fascinating history of religious cooperation and competition and the graveyards have proven to be key sources of the physical remains of this complex past - there are Catholic families, indigenous and planted in Tudor times, Quaker families following the times of Cromwell and a range of Church of Ireland and non-conformist protestant churches and all are traceable in the burial grounds of the last 500 years. Nearby Mountmellick will be the focus of a large gathering of Quaker heritage families in 2015 and no doubt Rosenallis will receive a lot of visitors keen to remember their forebearers. Working on this survey with the local community group I was intrigued that we were in such a Quaker heartland with links to the Carribean and North America going back to the 1700s. Read more »

The 170 year old man from Doneraile

Malakey McAuliffe lived to the ripe old age of 170 - or maybe an all too short 17 years. Or was he 70?

 

 

His wife, Mary, is also commemorated on this headstone and the lettercarver got WIFE wrong and it had to be fixed.So a likely blunder with an age (a misheard epitaph) and a blunder with the simple spelling of wife tells us these stonecarvers had yet to learn the full skills of the trade. However, as Mary died at the age of 60 it seems reasonable that Malakey was 70 rather than 17.

An eighteenth century Arma Christi headstone in Clonfert, Duhallow, Co. Cork

In the 'old section' of Clonfert graveyard (in the SW corner) is a large group of 18th and 19th century headstones and burial monuments. One of them has a rare survival of the 'crown of thorns' - the crown of thorns is commonly seen on headstones further north in Ireland but I can think of only two examples in Cork, Limerick, Tipperary.

 

The shouldered headstone has a sharp border on the top and then a fine collection of the instruments of the crucifixion.  Read more »

An Intriguing Headstone in Saint Thomas' Graveyard, Peterswell, County Galway.

This rather unusual crucifixion scene is to be found on a small rectangular headstone located in St. Thomas' medieval graveyard in the parish of Peterswell Co. Galway. It bears the simple inscription 'Erected by John Riley AD 1846'. Read more »

Survey and model of Tullore, Laois

Paddy Carroll and Ann Scully have been working on a survey of the historic graveyard in Tullore, Laois for the last 4 years or so. Paddy and some neighbours did the survey and Ann typed it up. Paddy made a model of the graveyard which is surprisingly useful in helping visitors to the site. We met Paddy and Ann last year when setting up the Laois Partnership funded training programme and we finally got to Tullore graveyard this morning.

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The Hackets of Clopook in Laois

There are many fascinating grave memorials in Clopook including a very interesting ledger slab found outside the south wall of the ruined church. It marks the Hacket family grave plot including the burial dates for two brothers, Edward and Andrew both of whom died on the same day in February 1838. Read more »

Heritage Week 2013 Laois Graveyards talk

We have recently commenced two training projects in Laois. Laois Partnership are funding a training project while Laois County Council Heritage Office have also funded some community support work in two graveyards. We have done work in Old Sleaty, Raheen and Clopook and this powerpoint presents some of what we are encountering. Any communities interested in taking part in a training programme during September and October please email john (at) eachtra.ie. The powerpoint was presented on the 19th August as part of the Laois Heritage Week events.

 

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Some wooden grave memorials in Passage West, Cork

After a day of recording in St. Mary's graveyard in Passage West Jim Murphy suggested we pay a visit to the old church graveyard in Ardmore townland about 1 km to the west. Jim is a maritime historian whose book  ‘Salt Water and Rust in their Blood – Passage West, Lower Harbour and the Sea’ makes a strong case for the high tourism potential of maritime heritage in Ireland in general and Cork harbour in particular. Read more »

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