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Rathsaran Gravestone Photographs, Co. Laois

Rathsaran gravestone photographs, Laois


Church of Ireland,
Rathsaran,
Laois.

This church is in the Church of Ireland parish of Rathdowney. These photographs were taken between 2008 and 2009. This section is only the older section of the graveyard. The modern section has not been photographed.

We are giving you close up images of the gravestone photographs in some instances.  All gravestone photographs are reduced in size in order to allow us have copies of all photographs on this site.  We have a full photograph of each stone as well as the close ups.  From-Ireland.net charge 3 Euro to email you a copy of a photograph or set of photographs.

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The surnames which are on the gravestones are given as the names of the gravestones.  Each stone will have a number on it indicating the number of times that the first surname has been found on any stones., e.g. if a stone had the surname Lyons as the first surname on the stone then the stone becomes Lyons 1.  If I find another stone with the surname Lyons on it in a different plot then this becomes Lyons 2.  If there are other surnames on the stone then these surnames come after the number.
The letters a, b or others after a number indicate that there were a number of gravestones on one plot and these all belong together

One thing needs to be mentioned here, I transcribed by hand all the information on stones in Rathsaran back in the 1996-98 period.  I created word documents of this information and you will find these documents on this website at the following link. The wording on older stones here will be in that document if I was able to read them at that time.  Be sure to check the document.

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Dungar, Roscrea Graveyard Photographs, Co. Tipperary

Gravestone photographs Dungar Public Cemetery,

Dungar gravestones which begin with the A-K surnames

Roscrea,
Tipperary


Photographs of Dungar gravestones which begin with the A-K surnames
Photographs of Dungar gravestones which begin with L-Q surnames & Memorial Plaque
Photographs of Dungar gravestones which begin with R-W surnames

The surnames which are on the gravestones in Dungar are given as the names of the gravestones. Each stone will have a number on it indicating the number of times that the first surname has been found on any gravestone in this cemetery, e.g. if a stone had the surname Lyons as the first surname on the stone then the stone becomes Lyons 1.  If another stone with the surname Lyons on it is found in a different plot then this becomes Lyons 2.  If there are other surnames on the stone then these surnames come after the number.
The letters a, b or others after a number indicate that there were a number of gravestones on one plot and these all belong together

These photographs of Dungar gravestones were taken between November 2006 and June 2007

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Marriage Records, Rathdowney, Co. Laois, 1860-65

Roman Catholic parish, Rathdowney, Laois.  Marriages 1860-1865


Spellings are exactly as I read them, some of you could possibly read them differently. Surname spellings are not exactly as they are today in some instances.Question marks indicate letters or words I had difficulty reading.

First names are shortened by Priest in register.  Nicknames/short names are as follows. Where I have the word ‘can’ in this list it means that the name can be one or other names listed or it can stand as it’s own name.  Anty=Anastasia; Betty=Elizabeth; Bridgt=Bridget, Cathr=Catherine, Con=Cornelious, Dan/Danl=Daniel, Ellen can = Helen, Jer/Jermh=Jeremiah, Kate can=Catherine, Kitty can = Catherine or Kathleen, Kyran=Kieran, Magt/Marg=Margaret, Pat/Patt=Patrick, Richd=Richard, Wm=William

Fr. Richard O’Keeffe was Parish Priest in 1860.
Jermiah Whelan and Mary Dongan marriage on 20 Dec 1861 should really be 1860.  It was a December entry and  just before the first January 1861 entry.  I think the Priest meant to write 1860 but because he was also adding entries for 1861 he got confused.

n.g. = Not given.
Records are sorted in this table by the surname of the man.

Roman Catholic parish Marriages 1860-65
Rathdowney,
Laois (Queen’s Co.)

NameSurnameNameSurnameTownlandDateYear
TimothyBarberMargtMcDonnellCoolkerry27-Feb1862
JohnBerginMaryClearn.g.01-Jul1860
PattBerginEllenMahern.g.19-Feb1860
MichlBerminghamMargaretHibbittsRathdowney20-May1861
ThomasBoweCatherineCookeRathdowney14-Jul1861
JohnBoweMargaretDavinGraiguavalla08-Feb1864
JohnBreenElizaBerginClonmeen08-Feb1864
JohnBrophyCatherineBerginHarristown28-Nov1861
ThomasBurkeBridgetWhiteErrill11-Feb1861
WilliamC(?ura)hanMaryBrennanRathdowney30-Jun1861
JohnCahilJaneFinnBarney17-Feb1863
PatrickCampionMaryFogartyGrogan12-Feb1863
JamesCantwellMaryDowlingClonmeen04-Mar1862
ThomasCarrollMaryPhelanCoolkerry11-Feb1861
PeterCassinMargtFitzPatrickR. Downey27-Feb1862
KyranColemanMaryPhelanBaledy31-Jan1861
PeterConnorsMargaretLalorClonmeen08-Feb1864
PattConroyMargtCostiganGragueavalla12-Jun1865
ThomasCorriganSarahWhelanRathd'y27-Feb1865
JohnCostiganBridgetBrienBallagh17-Feb1863
PattCostiganMaryDaveyDerries04-Feb1864
MartinCurranAnneLalorRathdowney08-Oct1865
NicholasDelanyAnnDowlingRathdowney07-Apr1864
DenisDelanyBridgetGuilfoyleKilehan31-May1862
MartinDelanyMaryMooreRathdowney02-Sep1861
MartinDillonMaryKeenanRathdowney27-Oct1863
AndrewDowlingJudithHennessyErrill11-Feb1861
JeremiahDoyleMargaretGuilfoyleTemplequain03-Mar1862
JamesDrennanCathrWhelanCoolkerry27-Jan1862
PatrickEganCatherineMcEvoyCoolkerry07-Feb1861
JamesFarrellJudithCampionHarristown19-Apr1863
WilliamFermoyleKittyLoughmanRaheen08-Feb1864
PatFitzgeraldCathrMooneyRathdowney29-Jun1862
DanlFitzpatrickMaryBreenClonmeen28-Feb1865
JohnFitzpatrickAnneCleareKnockile07-Feb1861
DanielFitzpatrickKateDelahuntyn.g.21-Feb1860
MichlFitzpatrickHonoriaLoughmanBarney09-Nov1863
DanlFitzpatrickBridgtMaherBarney26-May1864
MichlGoldenBridgetDa(?r)eyRathdowney05-Oct1862
JohnGormanEllenBirminghamRathdowney09-Feb1864
KyranGormanAnnDayLisminah04-Mar1862
MichaelHarneyBridgetKavanaghn.g.11-Jun1860
ConHeely??CathrQuinnKilehaw05-May1861
ThomasHoganEllenCudyhyRathdowney08-Jul1864
JamesHoolahanMaryDelanyGraiguavalla08-Aug1863
JohnHoolahanAntySmythGloshue13-Feb1865
ThomasKavanaghKateCahilRathd'y11-May1865
JohnKavanaghSarahKavanaghRathdowney11-Jan1863
Edward??KearneyMaryBrophyHarristown27-Feb1862
MichlKerrAnneQuaidGrogan17-Jan1865
MartinKeyMaryKellyKilemalawn23-Aug1863
JamesKeyesJudithM(?i)ylanBallagh26-Aug1862
RichdLahyMarySmythwick??Rathdowney18-Sep1865
DominickLeahyMaryMackErrill19-Nov1861
WilliamLongMaryFogartyClonmeen28-Feb1865
StephenLoughmanCathrMcKeanHarristown11-Feb1862
JohnMaherCathrCostiganGrogan25-Oct1860
JamesMaherCatherineTynanClonmeen03-Aug1865
JohnMantonCatherineKellyn.g.31-Jan1860
JerMaraMagtMcCleanBallagh13-Nov1862
JohnMcDonaldMaryCampionBallagh03-Jun1863
JimMcGrathCathrMaherCastlefleming07-Sep1862
MichaelMcNamaraMaryMorann.g.16-Feb1860
JamesMeehanMaryFitzPatrickBorahan12-Feb1861
JohnMintonMaryPhealinRathdowney07-Feb1860
JohnMooreH(?oner)GormanGraiguavalla22-Jan1863
ThomasNolanJudithCahilErrill03-May1864
JermhNolanMargaretHowardGloshue23-May1864
JohnPrattBridgtFitzPatrickGloshue08-May1865
JohnRingwoodBridgetCostiganR. Downey03-Mar1862
MartinRyanAnneLoughmanHarristown20-Jun1861
JamesRyanMaryShortalMoonamonra20-Oct1863
PatRyanMargtWhelanLis(?sminah)27-Feb1862
PattSmythCatherineHa?nnonRathdowney11-Jun1864
StephenSpearsAntyLeonardRathd'y29-May1865
WilliamStylesMaryKeenahanRathdowney29-Jul1865
JohnTobinMaryBerginErrill25-Feb1862
JohnTreacyMaryDavinGraiguavalla20-Feb1862
DanTynanBridgetSullivanGrogan03-Mar1862
JamesWhelanBettyAllyRathdowneyJuly1865
JeremiahWhelanMaryDonghanErrill01-Dec1861
WmWhelanMaryMaraR. Downey02-Mar1862
ThomasWhelanBridgtMcgrathCastleflemingJuly1865
ThomasWhyteAnnFlemmingRathdowney16-Nov1863
JamesWhyteRoseWhyteErrill28-Feb1865

Mount Bolus Graveyard Photographs, Co. Offaly (King’s Co.)

Mount Bolus Roman Catholic Church,
Offaly (King’s Co.),
Ireland.


These photographs were taken by Dr. Jane Lyons and are exclusive to From-Ireland.net

We are giving you close up images of the gravestones in some instances.  All photographs are reduced in size in order to allow us have copies of all photographs on this site.  We have a full photograph of each stone as well as the close ups.  From-Ireland.net charge 3 Euro to email you a copy of a photograph or set of photographs.

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Marriage Records, Rathdowney, Co. Laois, 1877-1880

Roman Catholic Parish Rathdowney,
Co. Laois (Queen’s Co.)
Marriages 1877-1880
extracted from microfilm 5014 03 online at the National Library of Ireland.


Interestingly this section of the film is difficult enough to read.  I am from the area, in the days before Ireland had much genealogical information on the internet I had gone to the NAI and the NLI indexing the names in items such as the Griffiths Primary Valuation for Laois and the surnames of every single head of household in Laois at the time of the 1901 census.  Put all of that with my gravestone work for Laois and I think I am quite familiar with the surnames in Laois.  I still had difficulty with this parish register.

Questionmarks after a name or surname in the index show those names I was not sure of.  This may change in time as I find them written in other records and I can correct my question marks. Spellings are left as I read them, I have not changed any surname to fit with the current spelling.  The table has been sorted alphabetically by the surname of the man.

NameSurnameB NameB SurnameFromDateYear
Edward(Dan..l)fordMaryStrongErrill31-Jan1878
JohnBannaan(??)SarahKellyRathdowney08-Feb1877
PattBerginEllenDreary(??)Derries31-Jan1878
DanielBoweMaryColemanClonburn13-Apr1880
FrancisBrayMargretFitzPatrickGrogan17-Jul1880
RichardBrophySarahRingwoodGrogan03-Feb1879
WilliamButlerMaryButlerRathdowney02-Jun1877
PatrickCahillBridgetPetersRathdowney19-Oct1880
MichaelCahillAnneRichardsRath(??downey)19-Apr1880
CorneliusCampionElizabethDwyreErrill18-Jun1878
JohnCareyMaryFitzgeraldBallagh06-Aug1879
RobertCarrollSarahMigrathGrogan13-Feb1879
JohnCarrollMaryQuigleyRathdowney22-Nov1877
JohnCartyMaryTisdal(??)Rathdowney14-Jul1879
JeremiahClearBridgetBerginCoolkerry25-Sep1879
WilliamColl(ery) or insElizaFoxRathdowney13-May1878
Joseph L.CoyneMary EllenDugganErrill25-Jun1877
MichaelCrearyMaryHayesRathdowney28-Sep1880
ThomasDelaneyMaryDugganBarney08-Feb1877
JamesDermody(??)SarahFanningRathdowney10-Oct1878
MichaelDrennanMary A.DooleyDonamore07-Jan1880
MichaelDrennanAnneFogartyClonmore19-Feb1877
JamesDullardJohannaConroynot on page25-Jan1880
PattDunneMaryM(?arten)Rathdowney08-Sep1879
MartinFitzgeraldWinifredMcCabeEglish06-Sep1877
PattGre(?ed)AnnDeavyD…cries08-Feb1877
ThomasHayesMaryDear(?ey)Derries09-Feb1880
JohnHearns or KearnsMaryFitzgeraldErrill28-Jan1879
HenryHickam or KickamMaryCampionClonmeen09-Jun1880
ThosKavanaghCatherineBur…..??Castletown12-Jan1880
ThomasLeahyBridgetAndrewsRathdowney08-Jan1877
WilliamLeonardElizaMacavoynot on pageNov (??)1880
RobertLeornardMargretMagreenRathdowney26-Jan1877
JohnLynchDympanaHeeves(??)Rathdowney05-Jul1877
ThomasMacDonaldMaryFitzgerald??21-May1880
MichaelMaherBridgetGuilfoyleErrill26-Aug1879
JohnMahoneyElizaTracey??10-May1880
MartinMaloneElizaHindersonRath(??downey)13-Jan1880
ThosMcAvoyMariaKellyRathdowney10-Oct1878
MichaelMcCarthyBridgetKingClonmeen29-Nov1879
LaurenceMooreMaryanne(??)Costigan??24-Jul1879
John(??)O'NeillFannyBrien(??)Rathdowney11-Oct1877
WilliamPetersMaryGleesonRathdowney30-Jun1878
JohnStanlyAnneKavanaghErrill12-May1879
MichaelTalbotMariaMaherErrill12-Feb1877
ThomasToohyJudyConroyEglish11-Nov1878
WilliamTreacyMargretFordErrill24-Feb1879
ThomasTynanMargretEagenErrill12-Jun1879
MichaelWalkerBridgetKellyBallybr?ogan13-Aug1877
JamesWheelerMaryFitzgeraldBar??ney12-Apr1880
JohnWheelerBridgetMcNamaraRathdowney29-Oct1878
JohnWhelanJuliaFitzPatrick……..town22-Jan1880
JohnWhiteMaryDoolingClonmeen12-Feb1877
WilliamWhiteMaryDowlingErrill20-Feb1879
MichaelYoungElizaCostigan??Borohan09-Feb1880

Blog: Some Irish Traveller Memorials

Some Irish Traveller ‘Memorials’


This page is dedicated in a way to the O’Donohue Travelling family in Laois.

I speak below of how one of the things I know about Traveller’s is that my mother delivered a baby in a tent out near Donaghmore one night close to Christmas years ago.  I had gone to speak to a Traveller family about the fact that I was going to put this page up on the internet, when I said these words, the lady looked at me and said “That was my brother Joseph, 33 years ago.  Your Mam was always very good to my Mam, she used to bring us clothes and things.  Life was very hard for a family back then, walking along the road, living in tents, we had food today and none tomorrow.”   Settled people don’t know this.

I took a photograph the other day of the back of a barrel topped caravan (the old style that was used by Traveller’s). I’m showing you the photograph here, I used my car mirror to catch a shot of the back of the caravan as it wandered down the road behind me. Some conversation struck up then on  my Jane Lyons Facebook page where I put the photo and people talked about ‘Gypsies’. I said that we don’t have Gypsies in Ireland that we call these people “Traveller’s”. It dawned on me that the people who are interested in Irish history and culture know little or nothing about our Traveller’s.

Barrel top Caravan

Barrel top Caravan

I spoke with three different groups of friends about the idea of me writing about Traveller memorials yesterday – five people and for some of them, their notions/ideas were so very negative. One friend who did not view this negatively thought it would be a very interesting subject. Another friend, an historian, looked on it all like I do in an analytical way. We agreed that historically the way Irish law has treated Traveller’s is unfair. It impedes on their way of life and in a lot of ways tries to make them live as the settled people do.

I would not consider myself as someone who knows very much about the Traveller way of life. When I was a little girl in Longford, Traveller children would come to school as long as their family stayed in the area – they’d come and they’d go. We never got to know any of them because they were always there such a short while. I never remember Traveller children in the school in Rathdowney, Laois, but then I was only there for about two years. Traveller’s used to come to my mother who was a General Practitioner and I remember Mam telling me about how she delivered a baby in a tent out on the side of the road one Christmas.

To me, Traveller’s tend to live in caravans and they travel around the country going from place to place. For some reason they always have a horse. I’m not meaning to seem negative in that comment, the thing I don’t understand is that if they have caravans and cars then how on earth do they move along with a horse going from one place to another? I’ve been looking at two caravans close by these last few days and it was only yesterday that I spotted the horse up the road a wee bit from them.

My ex-husband was from Rathkeale in Limerick, and I will always remember one year on our way down, something like 6 big cars from England with consecutive registration numbers passed us out and my husband said they are going home for Christmas. Rathkeale was a very interesting place to go to as so many Traveller’s live in the town. It would have been at the Roman Catholic Church in Rathkeale that I first saw Traveller grave plots, and that was way before I ever got into transcribing the information on gravestones.

I decided the to go take a look at what there is available on the internet re Irish Traveller’s and what I found was very interesting.  I put a link to the Meath Traveller Heritage site on Facebook and I was very surprised that there were no comments in relation to that site.  It was when I saw the photographs on that Traveller Heritage website in Meath that I decided they have all this on the net, but their memorials, the way they treat these plots, that is part of their heritage, it is important to them, they have nothing on them

First of all, I am going to show you some of the memorials I have seen. I use the word memorial here because one of these sites is actually a memorial to a man and it lies close to a bog. Then, Roscommon town public cemetery has to be the place where I have seen the most numerous Traveller plots, I’ve also seen them in Newbridge but in numbers much, much smaller than in Roscommon. Templemore is another place. Athenry in Galway might be somewhere else. I’m not sure about the places, not unless I go and look at all my photographs.

I am going to write a little bit giving some of the information I have seen online about Irish Traveller’s and giving you links to the pages I have visited over the last few days.

Traveller Memorial to a young man.  This is NOT a grave plot.  It lies on the edge of a bog.  You’ve seen me mention that Travellers always have a horse with them and here, you can see the horses.

Now, let me move to Traveller grave plots.  I’ve named a few places that I have seen them and they always stand out.  I’m going to show you some general photographs of the non Traveller plots and then the Traveller plots so that you can see the difference.

Non Traveller grave plots

Traveller grave plots

Now, some individual plots. I have three child/baby plots in this set of photographs.

Finally, just one little older 1978 plot.  It is again a Traveller plot.  I have wondered how long it is that Traveller’s have these ornate plots.  The 1978 year gives me some idea.  Even though this plot is not decorated to the same extent as those above, you can still see that there are a number of memorial stones on the plot.  These will be from different members of the family.  That is what most of the ‘decorations’ above are, remembrances from Spouses, Parents, Siblings, Cousins, friends – each one separate and standing by by itself.  We have horses, images of Popes, Saints, Angels – clothes belonging to children, adults.  Holy water.  Rosary beads.

Traveller plot, 1978

Traveller plot, 1978

Ballylinan (Ballylynan), Co. Laois (Queen’s Co.) Photographs

Off from Stradbally I went the other day to go to Ballylinan and take photographs there.  The laugh for me about all this is I don’t remember the names of small places I have been until I get to them.  So, Ballylinan I was familiar with and I took more photos :)


 

Milltown, Co. Kildare Photographs

I went off out the road to look for a graveyard the other day and when I say I went out the road it wasn’t just a random drive off the road, I had my Ordnance Survey map, I had marked the different places I was interested in and so off I set on my merry way.


It was early and an interesting day out.  I chatted away with two older than I am men who came to visit their relatives in the graveyard.  one of these men told me that a ‘National School’ which sat beside the Church gates was the oldest school in Ireland – I had noticed a little plaque on the building as I was walking in so I made sure to photograph this school and the older part of the current one across the road.

It’s a small place is Milltown.  Just the Church & graveyard, a few houses, a pub and the schools.

Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Maps, Co. Dublin

A note on Maps – particularly Irish Ordnance Survey maps (OS maps) and this probably goes for most OS maps worldwide


We all have a mobile phone today, we all have internet connections and we all think that’s going to do us as regards a map for the area we are looking at – mobile phones are great, I’ve headed off over to Galway looking for graves with my mobile showing me how to get from A to B – and then………..then the phone went and bloomin’ died on me and there I was “lost” in Galway and sin and all as it is I had all the Galway OS maps – at *home* and what good were they to me there?

These Discovery Series Ordnance Survey Maps and what they tell you.

1. Churches are marked – and ones with the word church written in yellow I think. After that you get a black cross for a functioning church.
2. Graveyards are marked – Except they don’t tell you if there is a graveyard around a church, the marking is for places where the old church has disintegrated and now we have a graveyard remaining. Sometimes, you find nothing there or little there like at Ballybuggy in Rathdowney. Some graveyards are actually just an empty field
3. ‘Burial Grounds’ are marked. Thing is for the most part when you go to a Burial ground site, then all you see is a field with nothing in it.
4. Historical sites are marked, so you have castle written where a castle or it’s remnant’s stand. Mottes like I’ve mentioned are shown, also Standing stones – anything like that.
5. Caravan sites, Hostels, Public Telephones (do we still have them??), Picnic sites, camping sites, Tourist information , Viewpoints, Nature Reserves, Guards (Policemen – wow, I thought our numbers of them were decreasing!!)
6. National Monuments, Enclosures, Battlefields

I have all the OS maps for Laois, I’ve even had a few of them a few times, meaning that I buy the map, sit on the floor going through it marking off all the graveyards, churches – I have even marked the Mottes (would I know a Motte if I was standing in front of it – not on your life!!). So, I buy the map, sit down, mark off all the places I’m interested in, get into the car and set off to where-ever. I used to work it that I’d put a circle around where-ever it was I was going to go and once I’d been there then I’d put an X over the circle. Then I used to have a yellow glow marker and I’d draw along the road I’d been so that I’d know not to go there again. Gradually, when you have a map that’s handled like I handle them they disintegrate and when they do that, then all your info on the map disappears. One could buy guns & ammo from Palmetto Armory in case they need to be safe when on a hike.

I think that’s about it.  Below these words I have imported a copy of an image of the kind of information that you see on these maps. On the OS 50 image that you can see here, you can see some of the Phoenix park and you can see streets (but no names).  If you look closely you can see the black crosses which indicate working churches.  Older churches are marked in red (I have said yellow earlier in this post).  Words marked in red are usually places of interest heritage wise.n  Mottes, monuments, Barrows & Cists can all be seen on this map.  This particular Ordnance Survey map of Dublin covers most of the county as you can see from the next image which shows all three maps which cover county Dublin and the area of each map.  As you can see, each map covers parts of the county next door as well.

Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 50 : Dublin

Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 50 : Dublin

For all of County Dublin there are three Ordnance Survey Discovery Series maps, Map no. 43 which covers parts of Dublin, Meath and Louth.  Map No. 50 which covers most of South County Dublin and a bit of Kildare and finally Map no. 56 which covers only a very small part of South County Dublin.

Outline of maps which cover all of County Dublin

Outline of maps which cover all of County Dublin

As I have said there are only 3 maps which cover county Dublin, No’s 43, 50 and 56.  A link to an Amazon page which sells these maps is given below.

Map NoAreaMap NameMap ref
43Dublin, Louth, Meath & Westmeath
50Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Wicklow
56Wicklow, Dublin, Kildare

 

 

Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Maps, Co. Kilkenny

A note on Maps – particularly Irish Ordnance Survey maps (OS maps) and this probably goes for most OS maps worldwide


We all have a mobile phone today, we all have internet connections and we all think that’s going to do us as regards a map for the area we are looking at – mobile phones are great, I’ve headed off over to Galway looking for graves with my mobile showing me how to get from A to B – and then………..then the phone went and bloomin’ died on me and there I was “lost” in Galway and sin and all as it is I had all the Galway OS maps – at *home* and what good were they to me there?

These Discovery Series Ordnance Survey Maps and what they tell you.

1. Churches are marked – and ones with the word church written in yellow I think. After that you get a black cross for a functioning church.
2. Graveyards are marked – Except they don’t tell you if there is a graveyard around a church, the marking is for places where the old church has disintegrated and now we have a graveyard remaining. Sometimes, you find nothing there or little there like at Ballybuggy in Rathdowney. Some graveyards are actually just an empty field
3. ‘Burial Grounds’ are marked. Thing is for the most part when you go to a Burial ground site, then all you see is a field with nothing in it.
4. Historical sites are marked, so you have castle written where a castle or it’s remnant’s stand. Mottes like I’ve mentioned are shown, also Standing stones – anything like that.
5. Caravan sites, Hostels, Public Telephones (do we still have them??), Picnic sites, camping sites, Tourist information , Viewpoints, Nature Reserves, Guards (Policemen – wow, I thought our numbers of them were decreasing!!)
6. National Monuments, Enclosures, Battlefields

I have all the OS maps for Laois, I’ve even had a few of them a few times, meaning that I buy the map, sit on the floor going through it marking off all the graveyards, churches – I have even marked the Mottes (would I know a Motte if I was standing in front of it – not on your life!!). So, I buy the map, sit down, mark off all the places I’m interested in, get into the car and set off to where-ever. I used to work it that I’d put a circle around where-ever it was I was going to go and once I’d been there then I’d put an X over the circle. Then I used to have a yellow glow marker and I’d draw along the road I’d been so that I’d know not to go there again. Gradually, when you have a map that’s handled like I handle them they disintegrate and when they do that, then all your info on the map disappears.

I think that’s about it.  Below these words I have imported a copy of an image of the kind of information that you see on these maps. On the OS 67 image below, you can see Knocktopher, Hugginstown, Ballyhale.  Around Knocktopher there is a Ch (Church), a black cross indicating a working church, a Friary and a Motte.  In other parts of the map you can see churches, graveyards, a round tower.  Some of these I have marked with yellow marker meaning that they are places that I am interested in looking at (some of them I have looked at in the past).  This is what these maps show

Ordnance Survey Map 67 : Kilkenny.   Map details

Ordnance Survey Map 67 : Kilkenny.
Map details

Kilkenny county is covered by a number of maps.  The image of the back of OS 67 shows you the county and other counties around it, but it also shows you the parts of Kilkenny covered by the different maps.  There are 6 maps for Kilkenny, Nos 60, 61, 67, 68, 75 and 76.  Each one also covers part of the other county beside it.

Discovery Series Ordnance Survey Map : Kilkenny

Discovery Series Ordnance Survey Map : Kilkenny

Listed below are the numbers of the maps and links to where you can buy them on Amazon (UK)

MapCountiesLink
60Kilkenny, Laois & Tipperary
61Kilkenny, Carlow, Kildare, Laois & Wicklow
67Kilkenny & Tipperary
68Kilkenny, Wexford & Carlow
75Kilkenny, Tipperary & Waterford
76Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford & wexford