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 by a local community group as part of a project organised by Sligo County Council Heritage Office and part funded by the Heritage Council.

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-0051 SL-KMTY-0051
Ellie
Charles
Mattimoe
Mattimoe
SL-KMTY-0052 SL-KMTY-0052
SL-KMTY-0053 SL-KMTY-0053
SL-KMTY-0054 SL-KMTY-0054
SL-KMTY-0055 SL-KMTY-0055
SL-KMTY-0056 SL-KMTY-0056
SL-KMTY-0057 SL-KMTY-0057
SL-KMTY-0058 SL-KMTY-0058
SL-KMTY-0059 SL-KMTY-0059
SL-KMTY-0060 SL-KMTY-0060
SL-KMTY-0061 SL-KMTY-0061
SL-KMTY-0062 SL-KMTY-0062
SL-KMTY-0063 SL-KMTY-0063
SL-KMTY-0064 SL-KMTY-0064
SL-KMTY-0065 SL-KMTY-0065
SL-KMTY-0066 SL-KMTY-0066
SL-KMTY-0067 SL-KMTY-0067 Patrick Healy
SL-KMTY-0068 SL-KMTY-0068
Lewis
Catherine
Lewis
Ellen
Kate
Eliza Jane
Michael
Agnes
Rose
Ward
Ward
Ward
Ward
Ward
Ward
Ward
Ward
Ward
SL-KMTY-0069 SL-KMTY-0069
SL-KMTY-0070 SL-KMTY-0070
SL-KMTY-0071 SL-KMTY-0071
SL-KMTY-0072 SL-KMTY-0072
SL-KMTY-0073 SL-KMTY-0073
SL-KMTY-0074 SL-KMTY-0074
Thomas
Maria
Bernard
Mary
Conlon
John
Kate
Patrick
Mary
Conlon
Conlon
Conlon
Conlon
Conlon
Conlon
Conlon
SL-KMTY-0075 SL-KMTY-0075