Portnahinch

Portnahinch
Graveyard name: 
Portnahinch
Graveyard Code: 
LA-PNAH
Extra code: 
L100
RMP/Site number: 
LA004-004001
RMP Classification: 
Graveyard

Location

Portnahinch, Laois
Ireland
53° 8' 2.8968" N, 7° 16' 31.8864" W
Townland: 
Portnahinch
Diocese (RC): 
Kildare and Leighlin
Number of Memorials: 
111
Terrain: 
Level
Enclosure: 
Stone wall
Gateway: 
Iron Gate
Oldest stone: 
1714
Newest: 
1953
Notes: 

In the Primary Valuation of 1850 Richard Tibeaudo is listed as the landlord of Portnahinch graveyard.

Source:  http://griffiths.askaboutireland.ie . Downloaded 21/5/2011

Today the graveyard is unregistered.

Source: The Property Registration Authority, Waterford

In 1883, Rev. M. Comerford, visited the site and reported that " An old church, in ruins, stands here in an extensive grave-yard; portion of the four walls remain, and show it to have been very small and very ancient; it measures about 40 feet in length, by 16 feet in width; there is a window in the west gable, 3 1/2 feet in height and only four inches wide; another window, still smaller, appears in the Epistle side of the altar place"

Source: Rev. M. Comerford, (1883) Collections Relating to the Dioceses of Kildare and Leighlin, Second Series, p.254

 

The graveyard is in rural area, surrounded by pasture fields, adjacent to farmhouse, on south bank of River Barrow.
Graveyard contains ruins of medieval church marked on 1841 OS map as 'Church (in ruins)'. Ruins consist of upstanding walls measuring c. 13m by 7m. Possible original location of  sheela-na-gig, later buried near Tinnakill Castle. 
Graveyard contains 18th to 20th century headstones, celtic-style crosses and recumbent slabs; mainly in good condition, with some leaning or collapsed. Some of headstones have been laid horizontally into pathway.
Graveyard has rectangular shape. Boundary stone wall intact, c. 1m high. Gravel path leads a short way from gate. Access from roadside via a gate and stile. Ground surface uneven due to concealed features. Grass not regularly mown, ground a little maintained.

 

Titles of Published Local References: 

Sweetman, P.D., Alcock, O. & Moran, B. (1995) Archaeological inventory of County Laois. Dublin. Dublin Stationary Office, 87

Record of Monuments & Places, Co. Laois compiled by Caimin O'Brien (2007)

Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead, Ireland, ‘Queen’s County’, (1921-25) 80-83

Location of Published Local References: 

Laois County Library, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Record of Monuments & Places (RMP), Archive Unit, National Monuments Service, DoEHLG, 51 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

http://www.archaeology.ie/ArchaeologicalSurveyofIreland/

Location of Inscriptions: 

Graves

Photo Grave Name Surname
LA-PNAH-001 LA-PNAH-001
LA-PNAH-002 LA-PNAH-002
Catherine
Thomas
Patrick
Elizabeth
Cunningham
Cunningham
Cunningham
Cunningham
LA-PNAH-003 LA-PNAH-003
LA-PNAH-004 LA-PNAH-004
LA-PNAH-005 LA-PNAH-005
LA-PNAH-006 LA-PNAH-006
William
John
Cornelias
Murphy
Murphy
Murphy
LA-PNAH-007 LA-PNAH-007
James
Bridget
John
Mary
James
Anthony
Gorman
Gorman
Gorman
Gorman
Gorman
Gorman
LA-PNAH-008 LA-PNAH-008
LA-PNAH-009 LA-PNAH-009
LA-PNAH-010 LA-PNAH-010 Thomas Coniahy
LA-PNAH-011 LA-PNAH-011 Laurence Conrahy
LA-PNAH-012 LA-PNAH-012 Hugh Behan
LA-PNAH-013 LA-PNAH-013
John
Mathew
William
Margaret
Mulhall
Mulhall
Mulhall
Mulhall
LA-PNAH-014 LA-PNAH-014 Michael Bacon
LA-PNAH-015 LA-PNAH-015
LA-PNAH-016 LA-PNAH-016
LA-PNAH-017 LA-PNAH-017
LA-PNAH-018 LA-PNAH-018
LA-PNAH-019 LA-PNAH-019
LA-PNAH-020 LA-PNAH-020 Susann Shery
LA-PNAH-021 LA-PNAH-021
LA-PNAH-022 LA-PNAH-022 Murty Kelly
LA-PNAH-023 LA-PNAH-023
John
Margaret
Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick Family
LA-PNAH-024 LA-PNAH-024
LA-PNAH-025 LA-PNAH-025