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GRAVEYARD TRANSCRIPTIONS - GREY ABBEY, KILDARE TOWN

GREY ABBEY, KILDARE TOWN

TRANSCRIPTIONS BY

MARIO CORRIGAN

Compiled from Photographs taken on Easter Sunday 2004 by Mario Corrigan; Edited and checked by Mario Corrigan, Joe Connelly, Paddy Newman and Adrian Mullowney by two visits to the graveyard and re-checking against the monuments on Fri. 8 Oct. and Sun. 10 Oct. 2004. New information and changes to original obtained by rubbings and use of sunlight on the Sunday, entered by Mario Corrigan and Adrian Mullowney.
 
Revisited by Mario Corrigan March 2005, 12 May 2005 and 1 August 2005 – 4 more gravestones identified by rubbing.
Revisited 0047 by Mario Corrigan and Joe Connelly 16 August 2005
 
Grey Abbey 1:
 
0019
Pray for the souls of
Peter Walsh Green Road
Died 31st March 1937 Aged 69 Yrs
And His Wife Brigid
Died 27th Sept 1935 Aged 60 Yrs
Their daughters Mollie
Died August 1921 Aged 21 Yrs
And Margaret Died March 1921
Aged 19 Yrs
His Son Joseph
Died 2nd Feb 1985
Aged 82 Yrs
 
0020
Thy Will Be Done
Erected
In
Fond & Loving Memory of
James Kelly, Newtown
Who Died 27th June 1885 aged 80 Yrs.
Also His Wife Elizabeth,
Who Died 11th Feb. 1888 Aged 79 Yrs.
Also Their Son John,
Who Died 25th Feb. 1924 Aged 70 Yrs.
Also His Wife Mary
Who Died 4th Sept. 1926 Aged 66 Yrs.
 
 
0021
In Loving Memory
of
John Breslin.
The Dearly Loved Husband Of
Maggie Breslin.
Abbey View, Kildare.
Died 21st April 1917.
Aged 63 Years.
And of
Margaret (Maggie) Breslin
Died January 5th 1938.
Their Son Patrick Joseph
Died 22nd Nov 1874 Aged 79
His Wife Helena (Nell)
Died 17th Nov 1941, Aged 32
Their Daughter Patricia, Pat
Died 1935, Aged 1½ Years.
 
0022
In Loving Memory
Of
J P Dunne
Died 25 March 1929
His Wife Elizabeth
Died 26July 1947
And His Sister Annie
Died 27 Dec 1914
 
0023
Enclosed south-east corner – (grave of Dr. Waldron ?)
 
0025
Possible rock marker
 
0026
In
Loving Memory
Of
Thomas Collins
Died 14 July 1927
RIP
 
0027
Possible rock marker
 
0028
Unmarked concrete cross
 
0029 and 0030
In Loving Memory Of
Vice-Commandant Sean Nolan, Kildare.
Who Fell In Action 6th July 1922,
At Curraghtown House. Kells. Aged 24 Years.
 
Of Duty Mindful To His Last Drawn Breath
He To His Country His Young Manhood Gave
Alone He Walked To Danger And To Death
And Won What He Had Craved A Patriot’s Grave.
 
Also His Stepfather George Coleman,
Who Died April 8th 1914, Aged 46 Years.
R.I.P.
Erected By His Loving Mother
 
0031
James Fitzpatrick
Died 1945 Aged 3 Months
 
0032
Possible stone markers (2)
 
0033
Unmarked pedestal of granite Cross – top broken off (iron cross with inscription buried)
 
0034
Top of granite cross – broken off
 
0035
Possible stone marker
 
Grey Abbey 2:
 
0047
Uprooted granite base – unmarked
 
Revisited 16 July with Joe Connelly who said monument was just below surface – tore away moss and grass to reveal small/medium iron celtic cross still attached to base – rust coloured – took series of photos to read inscription DSCN2395 / DSCN2396 / DSCN2397 / DSCN2398 / DSCN2399 / DSCN2400 / DSCN2401 / DSCN2402 / DSCN2403 / DSCN2404 / DSCN2405 – replaced moss and grass
 
IN LOVING MEMORY (LEFT UPPER CURVE OF CROSS)
OF OUR DEAREST (RIGHT UPPER CURVE OF CROSS)
MOTHER CATHERINE BARRY WHO DIED (ACROSS CENTRE)
MAY 18 1939 ALSO ANNE (LEFT LOWER CURVE OF CROSS)
MARY & THOMAS BEHAN (RIGHT LOWER CURVE OF CROSS)
 
RIP (SHAFT)
 
0048 and 0049
In Loving Memory
William (Watson???) Ayles ???
Who Departed This Life
17 November (???) 1913 (???)
Aged 3 Years
He Is ???? His ??elones Rest
 
0051
Unmarked metal cross
 
0053
In Loving Memory
Of
Elizabeth Byrne & Infant
Died 31st April 1931
Her Husband Robert
Died 28th Jan. 1953
Their Sons
Robert Frazer, Died 1914
Harold Robert, Died 1921.
R. I. P.
 
 
0054
In Memory
Of
Brigid Robinson
1915 (1918?)
 
0055
IHS
???Memory Of
??? 23rd (???)
 
0056
Sacred Heart Of Jesus
Have Mercy On The Souls Of
Thomas Fitzpatrick
Academy St.
Died 4th March 1943 Aged 80 Yrs.
His Wife Mary
Died 1st March 1956 Aged 89 Yrs.
Their Sons Peter
Died 24th May 1916 Aged 26 Yrs.
And James
Died 22nd Feb. 1934 Aged 30 Yrs.
Also Their 4 Grandchildren
May Fitzpatrick
Died 16th Aug. 1938 Aged 6 Yrs.
Kitty Fitzpatrick
Died 19th Aug. 1938 Aged 4½ Yrs.
R. I. P.
 
0057
In Loving Memory Of
Gertie Doherty
Maddenstown Terrace.
Died November 1932.
Her sister Rachel (Racey)
Died 16th June 1934.
And their mother Elizabeth
Died 13th March 1976.
Rest In Peace.
 
0058
Sacred Heart Of Jesus
Have Mercy On The Souls Of
James Waters
Claregate St.
Died March 13th 1937
His Wife Ellen
Died Jan. 14th 1970
Also Their Daughter
Ellen Lowry
Died July 26th 2003
R. I. P.
 
0059
Unmarked metal cross
 
0060
Metal cross marked
RIP
 
0061
Unmarked metal cross (not belonging to this site ?)
 
0062
Unmarked granite cross
 
0063
In Loving Memory Of
James Donnelly
Of Mooretown Rd. Kildare
Who Died On 13 August 1917
Age .43.Years
Also His Wife Esther
Who Died On .16. Jan. 1940 (?) Age.?). ?1. Yrs
Also Their Grandchildren
Ellan.Ryan.Died January.9th.19.32
Age.1.Year.Christina.Ryan.
Died On.16.October.1937.Age.3.Yrs.
John Ryan Died.3.May.1942.Age.1.Year.
Grey Abbey 3:
 
0064, 0065 and 0066
Fallen stone monument with sacred heart relief – unreadable
 
0067
IHS
Here Lyeth the
Body of Cristopher
Conner Who Depa
rted this Life the
24th Day of February
In the Year of our
Lord 1760 Aged 50
Years
 
0068
Unreadable stone monument at an angle
 
0069
IHS
Erected
By
John Foley of Newtown
In Memory Of His Mother
Anne Foley Who Died 15th June
1852 Aged 30 Years
And Of His Father Patrick Foley
Who Died 27th June 1896 Aged 88 Years
R. I. P.
 
0070
5 + possible stone markers and small fallen cross
 
0071
In
Loving Memory Of
William Heffernan.
Silloth Hill.
Who Died Sept. 24th 1945
Aged 61 Yrs.
His Mother Annie (Nee Hopkins)
Died 25th May 1889, Aged 44 Yrs
His Baby Brother Patrick Thomas
Died 30th May 1889, Aged 6 Days.
His Father Thomas, Died 1898.
His Son Laurance
Died 23rd April 1925
Aged 6 Months
R. I. P.
 
0072 and 0073
In Memory Of
Loughlin Darcy
Who Died 12th March 1913
Aged 39 Years
And His Two Infant Daughters
Nancy and Kathleen
Also His Grand Daughter
Carmel Flanagan
His Daughter Florence Barrett
Died 2nd March 1942 Aged 35 Yrs.
And His Wife Ellen
Died 2nd Oct. 1962 Aged 92 Yrs.
R. I. P.
 
0074
In Loving Memory Of
Thomas Donagher
Mooretown
Died 26th Jan 1939
His Wife Esther
Died 9th May 1962
Their Children
Billy And Mary
His Parents
Thomas And Mary
 
0075
7 or 8 possible stone markers barely above ground level; some definitely upright
 
0076
In Loving Memory
Of
Eliza Morrissey
Who Died On The 31st Aug 1911
Aged 69 Years Also Her Husba-
nd Patrick Morrissey
Who Died On The 22nd Feb. 1930
Aged 84 Years.
R. I. P.
 
0077
Inniskilling
 
3439 Private
W. H. Honour
Inniskilling Dragoons
7th September 1914 Age 38
 
0078
1 Small cross and 1 small tablet
 
Evelyn Flanagan
Died
2 Aug
1934
 
Jackie Flanagan            (Crucifix inset at top)
Killed
10th April 1937
Aged 5 Yrs
R. I. P.
 
0079
Metal cross (within wooden fence)
 
M
J
A
 
0080
2 metal crosses (within church)
 
Left (South)
Mary Gibbons
Died May? 6th 1865
RIP
 
Right (North)
James Gibbons
Died Oct? 186?
 
Grey Abbey 4:
 
0081
Leaning monument covered in ivy inside church; unreadable
 
Revisited 1 August 2005 after cleanup of the inside and outside of the ruin – all of the area within the wooden fence
Rubbings and new set of close-up photos taken but this inscription clearly readable in afternoon sunlight once some dead ivy cleared away
 
To the Memory of Edward Mooney
late of Clownings in this County
who departed this life on the 30th of
June 1815
And of Judith his Wife who died on
the 2nd of July 1801.
This Stone has been erected by their
Children as a slight tribute of duty
And affection for the best of Parents.
 
0082
Leaning monument covered in ivy inside church; unreadable
 
Revisited in 1 August 2005 after cleanup of the inside and outside of the ruin – all of the area within the wooden fence
New set of close-up photos taken
 
Actually two headstones – closest to ruin almost buried
 
Unreadable
 
0083
Leaning monument covered in ivy outside church; tree growing around it; unreadable
 
Revisited in March 2005 and again 12 May 2005 after cleanup of the inside and outside of the ruin – all of the area within the wooden fence
Rubbings and new set of close-up photos taken
 
Erected by John Murphy, of Kildare in memory
of his beloved parents and children. James Mur
phy his Father who died April 7th 1837. Aged 78
yrs. His Mother Honour dep’d June 27th 1845
Aged 62 yrs. Also his 3 children Ja’s Ellen and
Anne Aged 8. 5 and 2 yrs respectively
 
0084
Leaning monument covered in ivy outside church; close to wooden supports; unreadable
 
Revisited 1 August 2005 after cleanup of the inside and outside of the ruin – all of the area within the wooden fence
Rubbings and new set of close-up photos taken
 
Slight tracing of circular ornamentation at top
 
Here lieth the Body of
James Dowling who
Depart’d this life march
the 10th 1770 aged 70(?) yrs
also the Body of his
Son John Dowling who
Depart’d this life march
the 29th aged 40 yrs
 
(w in Dowling resembles n and v together – an old script)
 
0085
Leaning monument covered in ivy outside church; unreadable
 
Revisited 1 August 2005 after cleanup of the inside and outside of the ruin – all of the area within the wooden fence
Rubbings and new set of close-up photos taken
 
Badly damaged by removal of ivy
 
Erected by Patrick Beahan in me
mory of his Father Peter Beahan who
dep’d this life AD 1798 (?) aged 76 (?)
years Also his wife Anseles Beahan
who dep’d this life 1804 (?) aged (?)7
years Also their son James (?) who
dep’d 1788 aged 5(?) years
Also their daugter Eleanor who
Dep’d 1788 aged 43 years
May they rest in peace
 
0086
Unmarked small metal cross outside church – inside corner of fence surround
 
2102
Not identified originally
New photo taken 1 August 2005
Grave surround at north east corner of church - inside fence
No marker
 
0087
Statue of Our Lady; grotto in tree/bush; no apparent inscription
 
0088
Sacred Heart Of Jesus
Have Mercy
On The Soul Of
Sarah Patterson
Mooretown.
Died 16th Nov. 1933.
Her Husband Thomas
Died 28th April 1971.
Their Son John
Died 28th March 1980
Aged 61 Years
R. I. P.
 
0089
Unmarked metal cross
 
0090
In
Loving Memory Of
Mr & Mrs J. Hannon
Church Lane,
Kildare.
Their Daughter
Christina
Their Dearest Friend
Patrick Mc. Donald
Church Lane,
Kildare.
R. I. P.
 
0091 and 0092
(2) Grave and plaque
 
In
Loving Memory Of
Mary A. Mc Donald
Church Lane
Kildare
 
R.I.P.
 
0093
IHS
 
In Loving Memory
Of
Arthur Kearin
Who Died Nov. 15th 1931 Aged 58 Yrs
Also His Wife Brigid (?)
Who Died Aug. 27th 1935 Aged 59 Yrs
And Son In Law Murtagh Keogh
Who Died Jan 2nd 1934 Aged 34 Yrs
R. I. P.
 
0094 and 0095
IHS
In Memory
Of
Driver Bernard Rall
Artillery Corps
Who Died 7 February 1932
R. I. P.
Erected By His Comrades
 
0096 and 0097
Broken cross; broken top lies on base or stone marker
R.I.P.
 
Grey Abbey 5:
 
0098
In Loving Memory
Christopher Murphy
Who Died on the
2 May 1936
Aged 35 Years R. I. P.
 
0099
Unmarked metal cross; twist effect with shield centre
 
0100
Unmarked stone cross with pedestal
 
0101
Possible graves; earthen mounds visible some apparently with stone markers
 
0102
IHS
Here Lyeth the
Body of Thomas
Morris Who Depa                                This stone appears to be re-used on the back
rted this Life the
20 (??) Day of May in
the Year of Our
Lord 1756 (?) Aged 47 (?)
 
0103
Unmarked narrow stone base
 
 
0104 and 0105 (Close-up)
Fallen stone monument and base
 
Incised "Sacred Heart"
In
Loving Memory
Of
Ellen McDonnell
Died 30th June 1927
 
R.I.P.
 
Pray For The Soul (Of?)
John Delan (ey)
Aged 26
Native of Dub(lin)
Who Died At The Curr(agh) Camp
2? July 1877
 
0106
Marked upright monument
 
Here lies the body of
Danl Kelly Depd this life
Decbr 14th 1793 Aged 29 yrs
Also Terence Kelly who
Died April 28th 1796 aged 26
Yrs This Stone is Erected by
Charles Kelly in Memory of Them
 
0107
IHS
In Memory Of
John Fitzpatrick
Curragh Farm House, Kildare
1874 – 1937
His Wife Catherine
1879 – 1945
Their Sons
Michael and Martin
Rest In peace
 
0108
Unmarked grave; clearly defined with stone walls and 3 small crosses mounted, 1 damaged
 
0109
Unmarked metal cross with metal circle
 
0110
Unmarked rough stone monument; small stones at base
 
0111
IHS
Erected By
James Hennessy
In Memory Of His Uncle
Michael Dempsey Died Apr 19th 1905 (Small print carved on later – crude ???)
Aged 57 yrs (some carved later – crude ???)
 
{small cross pieces and loose bricks at base}
 
0112 and 0113 (Close-up)
Apparently 2 grave sites; rectangle divided into two; cross over one
 
Unmarked
Cross broken and top down
 
0114
Erected By
Bride,
In Loving Memory
Of Her Mother,
Ellen Hennessy,
Who Died 9th Novr1918,
Also Her Beloved Father, Patrick,
Who Died 20th Aug.t 1911.
And Her Brother, Patrick J.
Who Died 28th Sept. 1900.
The Above Bride. Died 25th Feb. 1955.
And Her Sister Cathie. Died Young.
And Helena Hennessy
Died 5th Dec. 1978
R. I. P.
 
A list of transcriptions [first part] taken at Grey Abbey Graveyard, by Mario Corrigan with the help of the Grey Abbey Conservation Project in 2004 and 2005.
The numbers refer to photo ID numbers and the various stages of recording etc. are reproduced here as an aid to people trying it for the first time but it was never intended that these numbers or notes would be available - the physical descriptions are my own amateur interpretation.

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