Donaghmore Gravestones - a Selection

By John Colgan

Donaghmore Church Ruin
Donaghmore Church Ruin

Prafatorial Remarks:  The pair of iron gates into the church and graveyard are embossed in the usual place by Courtney & Stephens, who were connected with Henry Courtney, Leixlip Iron Works.  Most of this selection was obtained by recording the data on a tape recorder.  The typescript has since been checked against the gravestones.

ARDIFF   [a flat slab] Erected by Mary Ardiff in memory of her husband, Edward Ardiff  who died February 6th 1815 aged 77 years.  Mary Ardiff who died 15/10/1825 aged 75 years.

ARDIFF   Henry Ardiff who died 14th September 1911 aged 45 years and also his infant son, Eddie, and his parents, Henry and Mary who died in 1899.  And also his wife Elizabeth who died 26/3/1940 aged 68 years.

BEAN  In loving memory of Joseph Bean died 8 March 1931 aged 17 and Madeleine Bean died 24 February 1933 aged 22 years and their grandparents Joseph and Mary Bean

BLAKE  Erected by Alice Blake in memory of her loving husband William Blake died 11/4/1922 aged 69 years.  Her daughter Mary Dunne died 20/4/1915 aged 25 years.  Rose Blake died 19/7/1913 aged 20 and the above Alice died 7/9/1955 aged 89.

COLGAN  Patrick Colgan who died 27/4/1913 aged 65 years.  Also his wife Anne Colgan who died 24/9/1933 aged 83 years.  And their children 13/6/1937; Pierce died 18/5/1956; Katherine Maher died 11/5/1959; Patrick died 15/9/1960.  On the side of the stone is written: Nicholas Maher died 26/4/1964 and his son Pierce died 31/12/1975.  On the opposite site is written:  Also their children Joseph died 10/7/1962; Esther died 8/12/1962; Mary died 24/2/1972.

COOGAN  In loving memory of Edward Coogan, Maynooth, who died 2/3/1938 and his son Jack died 15 January 1906 and his wife Marcella Coogan died 11/2/1955. Also their sons William – 5/5/1965; Eddie – 15.8.1966; Gerald – 10/8/1967, daughter Nano – 20/2/1975; Christopher – 25/7/1976.

COONEY  Thomas Cooney of Collinstown died Nov 4th 1736 aged 72[?].  His wife Ann[?] she died …. 26th 1792.

DOWNES  Erected by Edward Downes in memory of his beloved father Denis Downes who died 21st October 1859 aged 62 years and also his mother Catherine Downes who died 30 May 1872 aged 58 years.  Also Joan Margaret and Patrick Downes of Maynooth who died young.   Nearby is an older Downes or Dowans stone from 1768 and near dates.

EATON  This stone belongeth to T[homas?] Eaton and his posterity 1766

FOSTER  Joseph Foster died 1781.  Stone on flat; more…

GLENNON  Arthur?  Catherine Glennon late of Leixlip erected this headstone in memory of her beloved husband Luke Glennon died 13th August 1872.  His sister Mary also died in August 1872.

HANLON  Erected by Elizabeth Hanlon to the memory of Patrick Hanlon her husband who departed this life 26th April 1774 aged 70 years.

KILDUFF  Joseph Kilduff, Ballygoran, died 7th February 1945 aged 31.  His son Michael Kilduff died 24/1/1971 aged 84 years.  Julia, wife of Michael died 3/10/1978 aged 79 years.

O’DONNELL  Martin O’Donnell died 10/12/1975 aged 68 years; Matthew O’Donnell, President, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, who died 27th September 1996 aged 63 years.

PEPARD  Here lyeth the body of Thomas Pepard who departed this life AD 1715[?] and also Elizabeth dec’d wife of John Pepard by whom this was erected 1719 [or 1729].

SHERRY  Lance Corporal M Sherry, Irish Guards, 17 June 1918, aged 26, [no.] 5365.  In the same, large plot are Rose Smith, and Margaret Sherry, Matthew Sherry, Mary Anne Sherry, Patrick Sherry.

SHERRY  Margaret Sherry died 10 August 1932.

SHERRY  Matthew Sherry died October 1914.

SHERRY  Richard Sherry died 5/10/1974.

SHERRY Mary Anne Sherry died 12/12/1923 aged 61 years.  Her husband Patrick died 25/1/1955 aged 88 years.  Their son John died November 1918 and daughter Rose Gough died October 1942.  Mary O’Connor, nee Sherry, died November 25th 1943 aged 75 years.  Michael O’Connor died 13th October 1902 aged 93 years.

SMITH  In memory of Rose Smith, Leixlip, died 7th December 1956.   In Sherry plot.

WEAFER   Erected by Joseph Weafer in memory of his beloved wife, Bridget, departed this life 17/9/1880 aged 76.  Also two of his children Margaret and Joseph who died young.

WEAFER  In loving memory of my dear husband Joseph Weafer, Sunview, Maynooth who died 7th May 1933 aged 62 years.

WEAFER  Matthew Weafer, Carton lodge, Maynooth, who died 8th July 1960 aged 83.  Anna Maria Weafer who died 5th December 1924 aged 18.  Margaret (Peg) Weafer nee Bracken, died 12/12/1940 aged 33 years; Bridget (Bea) nee McGovern, wife of Thomas Weafer, died 14/7/1969 aged 54 years; Annie, wife of Matthew Weafer, died 23/10/1969 aged 93 years; their son, Thomas Weafer, main St., Maynooth, died 18/5/1973 aged 61.

WETTLETON  Erected by Matilda Turner in memory of her brother William Wettleton who died May 9th 1861 aged 18 years.