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-0201 SL-KMTY-0201
Bridget
Johnny
James
Peter
Elizabeth
Flynn
Flynn
Flynn
Flynn
Flynn
SL-KMTY-0202 SL-KMTY-0202
SL-KMTY-0203 SL-KMTY-0203 McCormack
SL-KMTY-0204 SL-KMTY-0204
Patt
Catherine
McCormick
McCormick
SL-KMTY-0205 SL-KMTY-0205
Bridget
Patrick
Mullaney alias Carty
Mullaney
SL-KMTY-0206 SL-KMTY-0206
James
Margaret
Carty
Carty
SL-KMTY-0207 SL-KMTY-0207
SL-KMTY-0208 SL-KMTY-0208
SL-KMTY-0209 SL-KMTY-0209
SL-KMTY-0210 SL-KMTY-0210
James
Mary
McCormick
McCormick
SL-KMTY-0211 SL-KMTY-0211
SL-KMTY-0212 SL-KMTY-0212
James
William
Masters
Masters
SL-KMTY-0213 SL-KMTY-0213
SL-KMTY-0214 SL-KMTY-0214
James
Anne
George
Johnston
Johnston nee McKeon
Johnston
SL-KMTY-0215 SL-KMTY-0215
Annie
Andrew
Cassidy
Cassisy
SL-KMTY-0216 SL-KMTY-0216 Daniel Leahy
SL-KMTY-0217 SL-KMTY-0217
William
John
Johnston
Johnston
SL-KMTY-0218 SL-KMTY-0218
SL-KMTY-0219 SL-KMTY-0219
SL-KMTY-0220 SL-KMTY-0220
SL-KMTY-0221 SL-KMTY-0221
Annie
John
McDermott nee Martin
McDermott
SL-KMTY-0222 SL-KMTY-0222
Patrick
Molly
Harte
Harte
SL-KMTY-0223 SL-KMTY-0223
SL-KMTY-0224 SL-KMTY-0224
Patrick
Mary
McLoughlin
McLoughlin
SL-KMTY-0225 SL-KMTY-0225