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-0151 SL-KMTY-0151
SL-KMTY-0152 SL-KMTY-0152
SL-KMTY-0153 SL-KMTY-0153
SL-KMTY-0154 SL-KMTY-0154
John
Ann
O Regan
O Regan alias Higgins
SL-KMTY-0155 SL-KMTY-0155
Patrick
Honora
Hart
Hart alias Higgins
SL-KMTY-0156 SL-KMTY-0156
Michael
Sarah
Higgins
Higgins alias Higgins
SL-KMTY-0157 SL-KMTY-0157
SL-KMTY-0158 SL-KMTY-0158
SL-KMTY-0159 SL-KMTY-0159
SL-KMTY-0160 SL-KMTY-0160
SL-KMTY-0161 SL-KMTY-0161
SL-KMTY-0162 SL-KMTY-0162
SL-KMTY-0163 SL-KMTY-0163
SL-KMTY-0164 SL-KMTY-0164
Joseph
Mary
Michael
Mary
Noone
Noone
Noone
Noone
SL-KMTY-0165 SL-KMTY-0165
Mary
Winifred
Noone
Noone
SL-KMTY-0166 SL-KMTY-0166
SL-KMTY-0167 SL-KMTY-0167
SL-KMTY-0168 SL-KMTY-0168
SL-KMTY-0169 SL-KMTY-0169
John
James
Patt
Healy
Healy
Healy
SL-KMTY-0170 SL-KMTY-0170
SL-KMTY-0171 SL-KMTY-0171
Michael
Catherine
Kelly Mc Manamy
Kelly Mc Manamy
SL-KMTY-0172 SL-KMTY-0172
SL-KMTY-0173 SL-KMTY-0173
SL-KMTY-0174 SL-KMTY-0174
SL-KMTY-0175 SL-KMTY-0175