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Lough Atalia Road
53° 16' 17.3136" N, 9° 2' 48.8328" W

The graveyard at Forthill occupies the site of the late medieval Augustinian foundation which was demolished in the 17th century.  A star-shaped fort was built on the site and elements of its shape are still traceable in boundary walls and ditched areas at the site.  The entrance gateway, which dates to the mid nineteenth century faces onto Lough Atalia Road. There is a mortuary chapel inside the entrance gate which bears a plaque inscribed in Latin commemorating the dedication of the site to St Augustine in 1500. There are two modern monuments to soldiers and sailors of the Spanish Armada killed there in the 16th century (GA-FTHL-0603 & GA-FTHL-0937).


The graveyard contains a fine range of monuments dating mainly from the 18th to 20th centuries and ranging from plain ledges to plain concrete crosses and from Classical Revival monuments to Celtic Revival crosses.  The oldest recumbent slab in the graveyard commemorates Mary Martin, daughter of Andrew Martin and wife to Ignatius Kirwan, who died in 1736 (GA-FTHL-0579). There are a group of west-facing recumbent slabs close to the northern wall of the graveyard which are marked at the base with a small cross and St. A. including a group of Augustinian priests and nuns (GA-FTHL-0583-0589), Dominick & Julian Lynch dated to 1757 (GA-FTHL-0524), Mary Martin dated to 1736 (GA-FTHl-0579) and George and Margaret Staunton dated 1781 (GA-FTHL-0525). There are a fair number of monuments with vocational symbolism which include a set of blacksmith’s tools (GA-FTHL-0203), a farmer’s plough (GA-FTHL-0623), a mason’s trowl (GA-FTHL-0705) and a weaver’s shears and shuttle (GA-FTHL-0225) and some wonderful examples of 18th and 19th century lettering.  The cemetery has been lovingly maintained by  several generations of the McDonagh family and is the property of the Augustinian order.   

Dr. Jim Higgins, Heritage Officer, Galway City Council.

This project was funded by the Heritage Council and Galway City Council as an action of the Galway City Heritage Plan.

Survey documents


Photo Grave Name Surname
GA-FOHI-0051 GA-FOHI-0051 Thomas Madden
GA-FOHI-0052 GA-FOHI-0052 Patrick O'Dowd
GA-FOHI-0053 GA-FOHI-0053 William Lally
GA-FOHI-0054 GA-FOHI-0054
GA-FOHI-0055 GA-FOHI-0055 John Monaghan
GA-FOHI-0056 GA-FOHI-0056
GA-FOHI-0057 GA-FOHI-0057 Michael Glynn
GA-FOHI-0058 GA-FOHI-0058 Finnerty McDonagh
GA-FOHI-0059 GA-FOHI-0059 Cookes
GA-FOHI-0060 GA-FOHI-0060 David Anderson
GA-FOHI-0061 GA-FOHI-0061 Martin Raftery
GA-FOHI-0062 GA-FOHI-0062 Margaret Consedine
GA-FOHI-0063 GA-FOHI-0063 Sean Allen
GA-FOHI-0064 GA-FOHI-0064 Patrick Folan
GA-FOHI-0065 GA-FOHI-0065 Michael Kain
GA-FOHI-0066 GA-FOHI-0066 James Maher
GA-FOHI-0067 GA-FOHI-0067 Conroy
GA-FOHI-0068 GA-FOHI-0068 Patrick Conneely
GA-FOHI-0069 GA-FOHI-0069 Peter Cassidy
GA-FOHI-0070 GA-FOHI-0070 Patrick McDermott
GA-FOHI-0071 GA-FOHI-0071 Agnes McDermott
GA-FOHI-0072 GA-FOHI-0072 Agnes Coyne
GA-FOHI-0073 GA-FOHI-0073 Katie Connor
GA-FOHI-0074 GA-FOHI-0074 Michael Connor
GA-FOHI-0075 GA-FOHI-0075 John O'Connor