Kilmactranny

St Thomas' Church Kilmactranny
Graveyard name: 
Kilmactranny
Graveyard Code: 
SL-KMTY
RMP/Site number: 
SL041-038002-
RMP Classification: 
Graveyard

Location

Kilmactranny, Sligo
Ireland
54° 3' 39.0816" N, 8° 15' 15.5088" W
Townland: 
Carrickard
Number of Memorials: 
227
Notes: 

Surveyed in 2017 as part of the Sligo Historic Graveyards Project.  Funded by Sligo County Council in partnership with The Heritage Council as an action of the County Sligo Heritage Plan 2016-2020. See www.sligococo.ie/heritage for more information

Kilmactranny Graveyard is in the townland of Carrickard, in east Sligo and named after the old parish of the same name.  It is about three miles west of Ballyfarnon and seven miles north west of Boyle. The site is mentioned in the Annals of Lough Ce in 1236 and is recorded in the Taxation List of 1306 as "Church was waste".

St Thomas' Church of Ireland (NIAH Reg. No. 32404101) is on its southern boundary. Built in 1811, on the site of an older church founded by St. Macatrany (SL041-038001-). It has an interesting historical connection, from 1852 to 1867 the Rector was Rev. Arthur Hyde, father of Douglas Hyde, the first president of Ireland. The family lived in the adjacent Glebe.

A Conmee family vault, testimony to the presence of a late medieval Irish poet and annalist, is situated at the back of the church. Dr. O’Rourke’s 1880 study “Ballisodare and Kilvarnet” mentions that a famous duellist, Centy O’Rourke is buried near the same vault. “Killed in a duel near Achonry in 1779, buried in Banada and later re-interred under the cover of darkness, in the graveyard at Kilmactranny”.

In the field to the north of the graveyard is a large boulder bearing a cross which dates to 1680. It once bore the inscription (no longer visible) “Pray for the soul of Emund et Owen McDermot roe….1680.” A similar stone, within the graveyard bears the same name and is dated 1682.

An old laneway to the north is called "Barr na Marbh" referring to the great famine when the women of the area brought the bodies to the top of the hill. The men working on the road collected the bodies and buried them in the graveyard. This story was narrated by local historian Murtagh Corcoran RIP, who lived nearby and is now resting in Kilmactranny.

The graveyard is maintained by a voluntary committee funded by donations collected at the annual cemetary mass. Donations can also be given to any committee member or paid directly into the following bank account: Bank of Ireland, Sligo. BIC: BOFIIE2D IBAN: IE71BOFI90544041226102. All donations are gratefully accepted.

Survey documents

Graves

Photo Grave Name Surname
SL-KMTY-0001 SL-KMTY-0001
Elizabeth
Mary Anne
Boyd
Boyd
SL-KMTY-0002 SL-KMTY-0002 James Connellan
SL-KMTY-0003 SL-KMTY-0003
SL-KMTY-0004 SL-KMTY-0004
SL-KMTY-0005 SL-KMTY-0005
SL-KMTY-0006 SL-KMTY-0006
Thomas
Bridget
Doyle
Doyle
SL-KMTY-0007 SL-KMTY-0007
SL-KMTY-0008 SL-KMTY-0008
Jacob
John
Marten
Marten
SL-KMTY-0009 SL-KMTY-0009
SL-KMTY-0010 SL-KMTY-0010
SL-KMTY-0011 SL-KMTY-0011
SL-KMTY-0012 SL-KMTY-0012
Matthew
Anne
Judge
Judge
SL-KMTY-0013 SL-KMTY-0013
SL-KMTY-0014 SL-KMTY-0014
John
Mary
Michael
Michael
John
Redican
Redican
Redican
Redican
Redican
SL-KMTY-0015 SL-KMTY-0015
SL-KMTY-0016 SL-KMTY-0016 Thomas
Lavin
Lavin
SL-KMTY-0017 SL-KMTY-0017
SL-KMTY-0018 SL-KMTY-0018
John
Margaret
Michael
John
Mc Donagh
Mc Donagh
Mc Donagh
Conlon
SL-KMTY-0019 SL-KMTY-0019
Patrick
Mary
May
McDonagh
McDonagh
McDonagh
SL-KMTY-0020 SL-KMTY-0020 John Moran
SL-KMTY-0021 SL-KMTY-0021 Mary Skeffington
SL-KMTY-0022 SL-KMTY-0022
Mark
Catherine
James
Patrick
William
Skeffington
Skeffington
Skeffington
Skeffington
Skeffington
SL-KMTY-0023 SL-KMTY-0023
SL-KMTY-0024 SL-KMTY-0024
SL-KMTY-0025 SL-KMTY-0025
Patrick
Mary
Gardner
Gardner alias O Regan