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Mahoonagh graveyard
© Mahoonagh graveyard

Mahoonagh graveyard is located in the grounds of the abbey ruin. The oldest headstones in this graveyard are located closest to the abbey ruin. The graveyard was extended in the late 1960's.

Headstone in Aglish graveyard
© Headstone in Aglish graveyard

Aglish graveyard is on the site of the former monastery. This graveyard is still in use and the oldest headstone in the graveyard is reputed to be from 1760. The oldest headstone that we came across was from 1788 in memory of Thomas Fitzgerald. One of the oldest headstones that we came across was this one from 1795, in memory of Edmond Power.

It is possible that there are older graves in the cemetery, as many of the graves were marked with marker stones, which do not bear inscriptions. Indeed the practice of using headstones to mark individual graves did not become popular until the eighteenth century. Some of the headstones face the field and not the road, which could indicate that the monastery was further away from the road.

The graveyard was cleaned up in 1949 by Muintir na Tíre. It took three months of hard work to clear the graveyard of trees and to lay the cement paths. All of the work was done voluntarily. Today, the graveyard is in good condition.

There is a Famine graveyard in Boithre na Cealla (road to the church) at Clooncourivane about a mile from the roadside. This site is also called Gurrane. A commemorative plaque was recently erected to mark the site. The inscription on the plaque reads:

Ní Hé Dia a cheap Riamh an Obair Seo
In Memory of All the People who were buried here in
Boithre na Cealla Cemetery
During and after the Famine years (1845-1849)
Daoine Bochta cur le Fuacht is le Fah

Erected by Castlemahon History Society Group February 1999
Unveiled by President Mary McAleese on June 9th 1999

There was also a burial place for unbaptized children as the site is sometimes called Killeen. Small straight stone markers indicated the graves. Approximately 200 people are believed to be buried here. The ruins of a monastery (believed to be Augustinian) were present up to twenty years ago when the stones were removed. This site may have been situated at Killila Bridge.

Killila Bridge
© Killila Bridge

There is a second Famine graveyard at Ballinakill in a place called Donoghue's field, which is now owned by Padraig Cagney. There are approximately 50 people buried here in a mass grave. The cause of their deaths was yellow fever. Although the people buried here did not die from famine, it is remembered locally as a famine graveyard because the deaths occurred around this time. There was believed to be a mass rock on or near the site.

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