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-0026 SL-KMTY-0026
SL-KMTY-0027 SL-KMTY-0027
SL-KMTY-0028 SL-KMTY-0028
Bridget
Martin
Healy
McGlin
SL-KMTY-0029 SL-KMTY-0029
Thomas
Jane
McGlynn
McGlynn
SL-KMTY-0030 SL-KMTY-0030 Martin McGlin
SL-KMTY-0031 SL-KMTY-0031
SL-KMTY-0032 SL-KMTY-0032
Luke
Thomas
Healy
Healy
SL-KMTY-0033 SL-KMTY-0033
Thomas
Margaret
Higgins
Higgins
SL-KMTY-0034 SL-KMTY-0034
John
John
Anne
McMorrow
McMorrow
McMorrow
SL-KMTY-0035 SL-KMTY-0035
SL-KMTY-0036 SL-KMTY-0036
Dominick
Eleanor
O'Connor
O'Connor
SL-KMTY-0037 SL-KMTY-0037
Joseph
Margaret Ann
Mullaney
Mullaney
SL-KMTY-0038 SL-KMTY-0038
SL-KMTY-0039 SL-KMTY-0039
SL-KMTY-0040 SL-KMTY-0040 Michael Donagher
SL-KMTY-0041 SL-KMTY-0041
Kathleen
James
Kate
Donagher
Donagher
Donagher
SL-KMTY-0042 SL-KMTY-0042
Catherine
Michael
Edward
Edward
Michael
McKeon
McKeon
McLoughlin
McKeon
McKeon
SL-KMTY-0043 SL-KMTY-0043
Johnny
Margaret
Eddie
John
Ellen Mary
Conlon
Conlon
Conlon
Conlon
Conlon
SL-KMTY-0044 SL-KMTY-0044
Lawrence
Mary
Lavin
Lavin
SL-KMTY-0045 SL-KMTY-0045
SL-KMTY-0046 SL-KMTY-0046
Thomas
Anne
Bernard
James
John
Ellen
Nolan
Nolan
Nolan
Nolan
Nolan
Nolan
SL-KMTY-0047 SL-KMTY-0047
Dominick
Mary
Michael
Ellen
Mary
McKeon
McKeon
McKeon
McKeon
McKeon
SL-KMTY-0048 SL-KMTY-0048
SL-KMTY-0049 SL-KMTY-0049
SL-KMTY-0050 SL-KMTY-0050 John