Recording of the graves in LISMOLIN Churchyard on behalf of the Historic Graves Project by the TR year students of Presentation Ballingarry on Monday 24th September 2012
Front Row (L to R): Kevin White, Killian Tuohy, Katie Power, Aine Doheny, Leanne Prout , Sarah Sugrue, Anna Slattery, Thomas Prout, James Lanigan.
Back row: Bill Martin,(Project Facilitator ), Ms Angela Cahill ( School Principal), Bobby Prout , Ciaran Mockler, Conor Gorey, Cathal Mohoney, Joedy Shehan, Paudric Norton , Darren Prout, Natan Scott, Bean Ui Loacha, (Teacher , Pres Ballingarry ).
Photo : Martin Maher
(With appreciation to the late Michael Hall, Kyle, Drangan in conversation with Bill Martin)
The old Catholic Church in Lismolin was dedicated to St. John the Baptist. In "Calender of Documents”, Survey Year 1302-07 on Taxation of Parishes, Lismolin is mentioned. In “Visitations of Archbishop O Hedian” Lismolin is mentioned as a Parish in 1437. Some time after it became the property of the Cistercians of Hoare Abbey, Cashel.
Tradition states that Cromwell destroyed the Roman Catholic Church in Lismolin. Canon O'Rourke wrote that on 11th July 1704 Fr Wm. Kelly (72 years old) was the registered PP of Ballingarry, Crohane and Lismolin. He livid in Gragaugh and is buried in Lismolin. Fr Kelly was the victim of special persecution at the hands of Baron Butler of Lismolin. He often sought refuge with his sister, Mrs Croke, at Ballingarry. When Fr Kelly died, six Croke boys carried his coffin to Lismolin graveyard at night time.The location of his grave is unknown. At present the graveyard is still in use and the vestry walls and gable wall of the Protestant Church are still standing. Inside are two stone slabs to the memory of Scott brothers from Scotsborough. The church was built around 1716 on the site of the Catholic Church.
In 1846 the Lord Lieutenant gave permission for the parishioners of Lismolin to abandon their church and to build a new one at Crohane. Their church had become very dilapidated and they did not like the climb up the hill. So they left and attended the newly built church in Crohane around 1848. In 1811 the parishes of Lismolin. Modeshill and Mowney (in Ballingarry) were joined with Crohane. Lismolin was the parish church.
In 1840 J. O ’Donovans’s Field Notes said that “No part of the original church remained and the site was occupied by a Protestant church still in use. 80 yards south is a square earthen fort. One furlong N.W of the church is a square castle”. It was owned by the Butlers. They had left some years previous to 1840 as they had acquired Mount Juliet by marriage.The Lismolin Butler estate was sold about 1850. One mile from Lismolin lived Maria Butler in nearby Wilford(now called The Bishop’s House). Maria Butler was related to the Lismolin Butlers. In 1787 Bishop John Butler detached himself from the Catholic Church and married Maria. She was 23 years old and he was 57.They had one malformed baby who died soon after birth. Some time later they separated. Maria remarried soon afterwards. She married John Moore from Portumna.They had one son Hubert Butler Moore and a grandson called Butler Dunboyne Moore, one of whose descendants was Sir Claude Auchinlech of Co. Fermanagh. He was Field Marshal and Chief of Staff to General Montgomery during World War II.
Articles written about Lismolin relate that after the Battle of Kinsale 1601, the Ulstermen on their way home camped in a field near Lismolin. One of the O’Neill’s died there. Williamite armies came there en-route from Waterford to Limerick in 1691 with their siege train that Sarsfield destroyed in Ballyneety. They occupied and fortified Lismolin Castle. The townlands in Lismolin Catholic Parish were:- MOHOBER, MACKINAWOOD, LISMALIN, KNOCKULTY. THE ISLANDS. HARLEYPARK. GRAGAUGH. FANNINGSBOG. CLONCURRY. and BALLYDONNELL.
When the RC Parish of Lismolin amalgamated with Ballingarry the Townland of Ballydonnell was aligned with Mullinahone and Lismolin with Drangan.
Lismolin National School (Ballydonnell) was built in 1857 and closed in 1966.