John takes a moment during our workshop in Kill Graveyard to listen to the church bells and reflect on the social and religious history contained within the graveyard.


The local Irish sound of the name is Awnamulth (Ath-na -Molt) i.e. Ford of the Wethers. Some time between 1221 and 1229, William Marshall Jnr, Earl of Pembroke, "granted to the Abbey of St Saviour of The Cistercian order in Dowyskir" (otherwise Duiske , now Graiguenamagh), for the souls of himself of William Marshall Earl of  Pembroke, his father and of the Countess Isabella, his mother, lands, possessions, liberties and free customs, namely: the land of Dowyskir, Athemolt (now Annamult) for 11 carucates of land;

In September, just before the Ploughing Championships, we spent a couple of hours in Ballyconra recording stories of historic Barony graveyard. Din Drennan was a font of knowledge and here he remembers the Lynches of Ballyconra, coffin makers, undertakers, wheelwrights and carpenters.

Like the Carroll’s and Meany’s, the O’Connor’s have a long history  with the townland of Clonea, all three families also have a great tradition with the R.C Church.

 Patrick O’ Connor was born during the darkest period of Ireland’s history at Knock’ West, Clonea Co Waterford. He was born in a house that was steeped in tradition and religion on Christmas day of 1848.

His three uncles who were priests, Joseph, Patrick and Gerard Meany were all born in the same house. His aunt was Mother superior


The story of the ‘Burgery Ambush’ which took place at Abbeyside Dungarvan, Co Waterford is by now well-documented. The events of March 18-19, 1921, traumatized Abbeyside and indeed left their mark on Dungarvan’s history.