Category Archives: Offaly (King’s County)

Graveyards I’m Working On – Dr. Jane Lyons

Some people might think that all I do is go around transcribing parish records, taking photographs and then spending hours sitting at a computer creating webpages and announcing them.


That’s not all at all :)

It’s actually very difficult to completely work one graveyard when you are on your own, so most days when I go to a graveyard I go in and spend an hour or two taking photographs and then go off home.  It can take me weeks to finish a graveyard.  I’m actually working on one big project at the moment which takes in 8 graveyards or cemeteries in the Diocese of Ossory, I think it is 6 in Laois (Queen’s Co.) and two in Kilkenny.  I timed myself recently just working in one graveyard on my own and it took me 30 mins to cover 11 stones for this project – there are approx 150 stones in the graveyard and that means that if I continue to  work by myself it would take me approx 7 hours to complete the field work.  After that, there is the naming the photographs and creation of the index.

Right now, it is 09.10, I sat at my computer at 06.30 and since I sat down I have written one reasonably long email, looked at some stuff on Facebook and also named and indexed 20 stones from one graveyard.  I have 40 photographs left to work on in this graveyard, then I have to go back and re-take a few photographs for ones which did not come out too legible and then I can put copies of all these photographs on my website.  I did index the stones that were pre 1901 in this graveyard back in the 1996-98 period, but now, we’ll have everything.  So far, my name index has 1081 entries.

I’m pasting a list of graveyards/cemeteries that I am working on here.  Some of these I have almost finished the naming an indexing of.  Counaguneen is the one I am going to get to straight after I finish with Rathdowney.  The graveyards in Durrow were transcribed back in the days when I had pen and paper as was Aughmacart, Galmoy and Dysart Wooden Bridge – once I’m finished with the photographs then we will have information on stones that can’t be read any more as well as all information on stones that can be.

There are actually a few more folders on one of my other computers which I have not included here but we won’t mind that.

I just wanted to give you some idea of how long it takes to do this work and that it is being done, even if slowly.

I also garden and walk the dogs

Graveyard County
St. Michan Dublin
Killimor Galway
Clogh, Castlecomer Kilkenny
Eirke Kilkenny
Galmoy Kilkenny
Johnstown Kilkenny
St. Canice Kilkenny
Aughmacart Laois (Queen’s Co.)
Bealady, Rathdowney Laois (Queen’s Co.)
Castlefleming Laois (Queen’s Co.)
Durrow COI Laois (Queen’s Co.)
Durrow RC Laois (Queen’s Co.)
Dysart Woden Bridge Laois (Queen’s Co.)
Rathdowney Old Laois (Queen’s Co.)
Rathkeale Limerick
?? Near Mount Bolus Offaly (King’s Co)
Mount Bolus Offaly (King’s Co)
Tullamore public Offaly (King’s Co)
Ballingarry Tipperary
Bourney Tipperary
Counaguneen Tipperary
St. Cronan RC Tipperary

Kilmachonna, Lusmagh Gravestone Transcriptions, Co. Offaly

Andrew Grady, died Jan 1st 1893, aged 82 years. Also his sister Honoria Grady died 29th Sept. 1902 aged 47. Erected by John Grady, Iowa City, America in memory of his father Andrew Grady


Annie Gibbons, Carrowmanagh, Lusmagh, died 13th Dec 1976 aged 67 years. Her husband Michael died 27th November 1978 aged 86. Stone cutter: Carroll, Birr.

Darby Kelly departed Jan 1st 1794 aged 52 years. His son Darby Kelly died Oct 15th 1819 aged 30. Erected by his sons Tim Pat and John Kelly.

Denis Kelly Kilmachunna died 25th May 1971, his wife Mary died 17th Feb 1971, their son Patrick died 20th March 1974. Stone cutter: Caroll Birr.

Erected by Paul Keaney with profound respect to his brotherinlaw John Kelly who died Dec 31st 1818 aged 32.
Verse:
O what greater pangs hast so severe,
As sisters anguish for brother dear
In mutual wishes most sincere
Ah who can stop sorrows swelling dear.”

James Gibbons, died Sept 1810, aged 50 years; also his wife Margaret Gibbons, alias Corigan, who died Dec 1811, aged 55. Also their son Michl. who died May 1826, aged 28.
Verse:
A studious pilgrim turn they pensive face,
Mark three most dear locked in one cold imbrace (sic)
A father, a mother and a tender son become one dust.
Whence first they had begun
When thy time blown around you
Cast let mortals how soon
This world is past that all we
Gain on this vain earth below when tried are found
But misery and woe.”

Loughlin Gordin, died Aug 6th 1821, aged 66. Also his wife Rose Gordin alias Lyins, departed March 21st 1818 aged 64 and their son Patt Gordin, died Feb 22nd 1818 aged 28 years. Erected by Thomas Fahey in memory of his friends

Michl Kelly died 6th Jan 1792 aged 52 years. Erected by his sons Patk and Michl and Jno.

Michl Lyons, son to John Lyons and Catherine Nohaly died 8th Dec

Sylvester Kelly 1763

William Kelly died 7th July 1946 aged 75 years. Mrs. Julia Kelly died 15th March 1951 aged 80 years, their son John died 18th July 1979 aged 78 years. Stone cutter: Carroll Birr.