Graveyarding in Aghada, Cork Harbour.

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The collection of headstone and tombstone inscriptions of the Parish continues apace. In the last offering I neglected to mention the Long Point where it is suggested that therein lie, unmarked, many victims of famine and fever. Let us hope they are at peace.

When the stones were being photographed for the Internet we were ably provided with archaeological and technical assistance from John and Maurizio of Eachtra. For this we are grateful to Secad and offer our sincere thanks.

Two members of the team, Eddie and Jimmy are now, in their own right, masters of the technical aspects of the project.

As a matter of interest it is worth noting that a graveyard is a burial ground that has a church in it e.g. Corkbeg and a cemetery is a burial ground without a church e.g. All Saints.

I recently made a discovery while abroad that I hadn’t known about before and that is:  In cemeteries in some parts of the world the dead are buried over ground in vaults (nichos) . Not a bad idea!

Here are a few more interesting inscriptions and verses which we have uncovered locally.

Here Lieth the body of the Rev

Timothy McCarty who departed

This life July the 8th 1783 Aged 69 years

May his soul rest in peace through the

Mercy of God Amen


Father McCarty was Parish Priest of Aghada from 1766-1783.




A    A

By the Gaels of Aghada

In loving memory

Of their old comrade

William O’Mahony

Of Banard

Who lost his life at Glenmore

On the 15th of March 1905

Aged 28 years



William was captain of the Aghada hurling team and was drowned with two of his colleagues at Glenmore.





15 1771 AGED




Here Lyeth

The body of Neil

Connery who

Departed this

Life the fovrt

Day of Jany

Anno Dom



This is the oldest stone in Garranekinnefeake and while the oldest stone in the parish is in Aghada dated 1711 there are more stones in the 1700’s here than any of the other burial grounds.


Ar son Dé a Cháirde!

agus ar uct Iosa Criost

deinig guide

ar anam BHRIGDE SCIUR a fuair bás

an 3ad lá fichid de Júil 1908

agus I sé bliana agus tri fichid

ar anam a h-ua SEÁNIN SABEGÁN

a fuair bás an t-8ad lá dAbrán 1903

agus é cuig bliana deag


A Mhuire Mhátair guid orta agus

orainn go léir


Of the 2000 stones which we have read this is the only one written in Irish



This monument was erected to commemorate


The Royal Munster Fusiliers

who died on 14. July 1936 at Queen Alexandra

Military Hospital Millbank London aged 48 years

The deed that gained him the highest award for bravery

was performed at Gallipoli. 26 April 1915. when he tore

away the barbed wire barricades that were impassable

destructions. Despite terrific gunfire concentrated

on him by the enemy and thereby saved his batallion

who were exposed to the fate of annihilation otherwise

His comrades of the regiment and of the British

and Allied forces remember him and his deed

with everlasting gratitude.


We are led to believe that there is another V C here –Patrick Green originally from Ballinasloe but we haven’t found his grave. He was born in 1824 and died on July 19th 1889.



by the

Nationalists of Imokilly

To the memory


Denis Kelly


Died 19th March 1892

Aged 47 years



Denis Kelly Ballyshane, 1845-1892 was a Colonel in the Fenian National movement in East Cork.


In Loving Memory of

Maurice John Penrose Fitzgerald

Lieut. In the Queen’s

Royal West Surrey Regiment

Died 26th July 1916

of wounds received in the Battle of the Somme

July 1916 aged 22

Youngest and dearly loved son of

James and Louisa Penrose Fitzgerald

of Midleton


Maurice John’s brother Herbert James was

killed at Les Boeufs on 12th Oct 1916

aged 25.

He is remembered at Thiepval Memorial.

Both young men are also commemorated

on a plaque in St. Michael and All the Angeles Church in Corkbeg.


One family paid a big price.


God be good to them all.


The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916. The memorial also serves as an Anglo-French Battle Memorial in recognition of the joint nature of the 1916 offensive and a small cemetery containing equal numbers of Commonwealth and French graves lies at the foot of the memorial. The memorial, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, was built between 1928 and 1932.

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