Clonpriest Graveyard

I attended a funeral in Clonpriest two years ago and have wanted to revisit ever since. There are at least three headstones which measure over 2 m tall as well as a fine collection of 19th century limestone memorials. The old graveyard with its ruined church gable and walled burial plot has been extended to the north and the surnames found include Gleesons, Motherways, a Boll and a Connon (the latter two were new to me). While rummaging around the graveyard for ten minutes this morning I recorded the sounds of the entrance gate and left the Zoom H2 recorder running for a while wondering how much of the surrounding sounds would be captured. Read more »

Ignite Dublin #8 - The Historic Graves Project

The team at Ignite Dublin have begun to upload the videos of the talks from their eighth ignite adventure in December. It was a great night and I was delighted to have been involved and been given the opportunity to extol the virtues of the Historic Graves Project. The brilliantly edited videos of the talks have begun to appear on the science gallery's YouTube channel and I look forward to refreshing my memories of an entertaining and stimulating night. Below is the video of the talk on the Historic Graves Project.

 

 

 

Probable Workhouse Famine Burials in Tuam

Eachtra are currently in the process of excavating a number of human remains in Toberjarlath townland on the eastern edges of Tuam, in Co. Galway. Remains were first discovered in a trench excavated by Coffey Group in order to insert a new watermain as part of the ongoing works associated with the Tuam Town Water Supply Scheme. The trench was located in the middle of the road at the junction between the Athenry Road and the Dublin Road Housing Estate.  Read more »

Historic Graves - The Project 2012

There are over 3600 historic graveyards in Ireland with 1400 years of history carved into stone. In the past year we have helped survey 6734 graves in 79 graveyards and collaborated with 20 community groups, 7 local authorities and 6 Leader companies. 

We are a grassroots project. We leverage technology for community and economic development through hyperlocal heritage engagement. We capture local stories of place in local voices and we embed them in place.

We have built digital toolsets for community development and this booklet outlines our approach for 2012. We seek partners for collaboration and funding. 

A pdf version of this document can be downloaded here (HistoricGraves 2012) and if you wish to get in touch please contact John (john@historicgraves.ie). Read more »

Brambles, nests and gravestones in Prospecthall

The Piltown/Kinsalebeg Community Alert Group called a graveyard meitheal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meitheal) last weekend and a group of gloved volunteers armed with clippers and hedge cutters assembled to improve the accessibility of the historic graveyard. Following the guidance of the Care and Conservation booklet (http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/fileadmin/user_upload/Publications/Archaeology/Guidance_Historic_Graveyards.pdf) Terry O'Callaghan, Chairman, consulted with the county heritage officer and also got in touch with us in Historic Graves.

In little over three hours an area measuring 400 sq m was shorn of brambles and grass clumps while a railed memorial at the eastern end of the ruined church was cleared of some invasive elder plants. Read more »

Top 5 Posts from 2011

The Historic Graves project would like to mark the first year of our blog by highlighting the five most accessed posts from 2011. Thanks for reading and we hope you will continue to enjoy the posts during 2012. We have some exciting up-coming projects and are looking forward to letting you know all about them. From all the team here at Historic Graves have a happy and prosperous new year.

A Duel at Dawn and other Stories

East Cork Historic Graveyard Surveys 2011

Low Impact Headstone Rubbings Read more »

Historic Graves at ignite Dublin #8

Earlier this month I had the privilege of being invited to talk at Ignite Dublin. It was the eighth ignite Dublin event and was held in the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin. The event is organised by Conor Houghton and is a brilliant evening of stimulating entertainment and education. Eighteen speakers were given 5 minutes to excite the room about a topic close to their heart. The ignite format allows the speakers to use 20 slides which auto advance every 15 seconds. Read more »

The Mystery of the Painted Stone

Work is presently ongoing in Tuam on a new road which links Shop Street and Bishops Street and runs along the banks of the River Nanny. Prior to construction of the road we got the chance to excavate the subsurface remains of what is known as Garvey’s Mill. The site of a mill is well documented on a number of old maps of the town dating back to Morris’s map which was drawn in 1720. Nial O’Neil led the excavations and revealed three main phases of development on the site with the final phase corresponding to the outline of the buildings on the 1838 Ordnance Survey map of the town and Bourke’s 1863 map.  Read more »

St James' Church and Cemetery, Galway

Introduction

St James’ Church and cemetery in the eastern Galway suburb of Merview was the subject of a survey and excavation led by Jim Higgins during the 1990s. The excavation and survey programme was funded by FÁS and Galway City Council. Read more »

Clonbern Graveyard Its Monuments & People

While in Charlie Byrnes Bookshop in Galway last Saturday I picked up a copy of Clonbern Graveyard Its Monuments and People, a book recently published by the Follies Trust. The publication marks the conservation of a rare and unusual cast iron mausoleum located in Clonbern graveyard in north Co. Galway. It is the final resting place of John and Maurice Dennis. Read more »

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