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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-0201 GA-FOHI-0201 Mary Fahy
GA-FOHI-0202 GA-FOHI-0202 Elizabeth Butler
GA-FOHI-0203 GA-FOHI-0203 Thomas Connonly
GA-FOHI-0204 GA-FOHI-0204 Alexander Grant
GA-FOHI-0205 GA-FOHI-0205 Margaret Grant
GA-FOHI-0206 GA-FOHI-0206 T R
GA-FOHI-0207 GA-FOHI-0207 Mary Glynn alias Dowd
GA-FOHI-0208 GA-FOHI-0208 James Oak
GA-FOHI-0209 GA-FOHI-0209
GA-FOHI-0210 GA-FOHI-0210 Cathe Gaghagan
GA-FOHI-0211 GA-FOHI-0211 John Rabbite
GA-FOHI-0212 GA-FOHI-0212 Thomas Cullinane
GA-FOHI-0213 GA-FOHI-0213
GA-FOHI-0214 GA-FOHI-0214 Sarah Glynn
GA-FOHI-0215 GA-FOHI-0215 Gannon
GA-FOHI-0216 GA-FOHI-0216 Martin Geoghegan
GA-FOHI-0217 GA-FOHI-0217 Ann Greene alias Byrne
GA-FOHI-0218 GA-FOHI-0218
GA-FOHI-0219 GA-FOHI-0219 John McNamara
GA-FOHI-0220 GA-FOHI-0220 Mary Murray
GA-FOHI-0221 GA-FOHI-0221 Kathrine Murray
GA-FOHI-0222 GA-FOHI-0222 Matthew Conneely
GA-FOHI-0223 GA-FOHI-0223 John Murden
GA-FOHI-0224 GA-FOHI-0224 Michael Spelman
GA-FOHI-0225 GA-FOHI-0225 Michael Reily