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
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Graves

Photo Grave Name Surname
SL-KMTY-0176 SL-KMTY-0176
Patrick
Bridget
Mary
Michael
Pat
Connaughton
Connaughton
Connaughton
Connaughton
SL-KMTY-0177 SL-KMTY-0177
Michael
Bridget
Thomas
Mary
Healy
Healy
Healy
Healy
SL-KMTY-0178 SL-KMTY-0178
Bridget
Charles
Healy
Healy
SL-KMTY-0179 SL-KMTY-0179
James
Eliza
Peter
Mc Loughlin
Mc Loughlin
Mc Loughlin
SL-KMTY-0180 SL-KMTY-0180
SL-KMTY-0181 SL-KMTY-0181
SL-KMTY-0182 SL-KMTY-0182 Peter Corcoran
SL-KMTY-0183 SL-KMTY-0183
SL-KMTY-0184 SL-KMTY-0184
Peter
Mary
Cooney
Cooney
SL-KMTY-0185 SL-KMTY-0185
SL-KMTY-0186 SL-KMTY-0186
SL-KMTY-0187 SL-KMTY-0187
Michael
Jane
Patrick J
Elizabeth
Henry
Henry
Henry
Henry
SL-KMTY-0188 SL-KMTY-0188 Kathleen McGough nee Henry
SL-KMTY-0189 SL-KMTY-0189
Teresa
Patrick
Patrick
Michael
Henry
Henry
Henry
Henry
SL-KMTY-0190 SL-KMTY-0190
Patrick L
Patrick
Catherine
Ellen T
Mary
Curran
Curran
Curran
Curran
Curran
SL-KMTY-0191 SL-KMTY-0191
SL-KMTY-0192 SL-KMTY-0192
SL-KMTY-0193 SL-KMTY-0193
SL-KMTY-0194 SL-KMTY-0194
SL-KMTY-0195 SL-KMTY-0195
SL-KMTY-0196 SL-KMTY-0196
Patrick
Daniel
Carroll
Carroll
SL-KMTY-0197 SL-KMTY-0197
SL-KMTY-0198 SL-KMTY-0198
Philip
Katie
Katherine
Philip
Annie
Patrick
Martin
Martin
Martin
Martin
Martin
Martin
SL-KMTY-0199 SL-KMTY-0199
SL-KMTY-0200 SL-KMTY-0200