Great Connell Graveyard Transcriptions
27 April 2008
The graveyard at Great Connell is almost all that remains to remind us that there was once a large Augustinian Abbey at this site which dated back to 1202 A.D. The County Kildare Archaeological Society were responsible for removing the Walter Wellesley Tomb to Kildare Cathedral for safekeeping in the 1970’s. The Society returned to the site in April 2008 to record the transcriptions which are listed here. Other pertinent information such as size, condition and iconography were recorded, as well as individual photographs of each stone and the recording process, and this information is available to researchers at the County Library, Newbridge. The transcriptions were taken from 34 individual extant gravestones (two in one railed off grave marked 4 (a) and 4 (b) but remainder are separate). The general condition of the gravestones was remarkably good considering some of the dates. There are other stone markers in the graveyard without inscriptions and these are also recorded on the accompanying map.
ERECTED BY / MARIA SHEA / IN MEMORY OF HER BELOVED FATHER / THOMAS GERAGHTY / WHO DIED 29TH AUGUST 1881 / ALSO HER MOTHER / ESTHER GERAGHTY / WHO DIED 11TH NOVEMBER 1893 / ELLEN GERAGHTY / WHO DIED 2ND SEPT. 1991 AGED / 71 YEARS / MAY THEY REST IN PEACE AMEN
[Undertaker/sculptor: SARGENT / NAAS]
GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO / Erected by Elizabeth Reilly in memory of her / beloved Husband Garrett Reilly late of Great / Connell who depd this life 13th June 1855 aged / 36 years also her Son Hugh Reilly who depd this life / 13th October 1857 aged 22 years / Requiescant in Pace
Jesu[s] Mercy / ihs / ERECTED BY / MR. PATRICK HANLON / OF NEWBRIDGE IN MEMORY OF HIS BELOVED / DAUGHTER KATE WHO DIED 4TH APRIL / 1864 AGED 23 YEARS / AND OF FOUR OF HIS BELOVED CHILDREN / WHO DIED YOUNG. / HERE ALSO LIE THE REMAINS OF HIS BROTHER / JOHN HANLON OF TANKARDS GARDEN
ERECTED BY / MRS. ANNE COFFEY. NEWBRIDGE / IN MEMORY OF HER BELOVED FATHER / PATRICK HANLON / WHO DIED 4TH FEBRUARY 1871. AGED 71 YEARS. / ALSO HER BELOVED BROTHER WILLIAM. WHO DIED / 2OTH MAY 1867. AGED 22 YEARS. / ALSO HER BELOVED SISTER TERESA. WHO DIED / 9TH FEBRUARY 1869. AGED 23 YEARS / AND 2 BROTHERS. & AND 2 SISTERS. WHO DIED YOUNG / AND OF THOMAS COFFEY. HER BELOVED / SON WHO DIED APRIL 15TH 1880 AGED 28 YEARS. / JAMES HANLON, EYRE STREET, NEWBRIDGE; WHO / DEPARTED THIS LIFE 9TH JUNE 1902, AGED 64 YEARS. / ALSO THE ABOVE MRS. ANNE COFFEY WHO / DIED 16TH DECEMBER 1909 AGED 80 YEARS / R.I.P.
ERECTED BY / GEORGE HANNON / GREEN ROAD CURRAGH IN MEMORY OF / HIS FATHER LAURENCE HANNON / DIED 21ST JUNE 1893 AGED 52 YEARS / ALSO HIS MOTHER ELLEN HANNON / DIED 18TH NOV 1901 AGED 47 YEARS ALSO / HIS BROTHER LAURENCE DIED YOUNG / ALSO HIS SON GEORGE DIED 7TH APRIL / 1923 AGED 6 MONTHS / ALSO HIS SISTER MARY DONEGAN / DIED 28TH NOV 1930 AGED 58 YEARS / R.I.P. /
[Undertaker/sculptor: P. WALSHE / NEWBRIDGE]
I H S / SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF / THOMAS GRADY, / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE /
11TH SEPT. 1887, / AGED 57 YEARS. / ALSO HIS BELOVED CHILDREN / JAMES GRADY /
DIED 15TH AUGUST 1878, / AGED 3 MONTHS. / BRIDGET GRADY, / DIED 5TH MAY 1880. /
AGED 7 YEARS. / MARY PATRICIA GRADY / DIED 12TH MAY 1880 / AGED 6 YEARS
[Undertaker/sculptor: FARRELL & SON GLASNEVIN]
[2nd plaque on base]
AND HIS CHILDREN, JOHN JOSPEH GRADY / DIED 12TH MAY 1880 AGED 9 YEARS /
AND KATHLEEN MARY GRADY, / WHO DIED 18TH APRIL 1892 AGED 15 YEARS /
WHO ALL DIED AT PIERCETOWN LODGE
GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO / SACRED / To the Memory of / Lieutenant James Reynolds, R, N /
Who departed this life March 27th 1848 / Aged 55 years / Also to his daughter / Alicia / Who died December 15th 1848 / Aged 27 years / And also to Mary Teresa / Wife of the above James Reynolds / Who departed this life February 21st 1870 / Aged 76 years / Requiescant in Pace
This Stone Was Erected / By the Rev. Nicholas Flood / In Memory of His deceased / [F]riends particularly his un- / cle Christopher Flood late / of Newhall who died on / the First of May 1780 aged / 66 years /
May they rest in Peace
[recorder notes letter [F] missing. Headstone crack through letter, which in photo is barely legible]
Beneath this stone are deposited the / Remains of Mr. Thomas Flood, of Newhall in the County of Kildare, who departed / This life on the 21st day of March 1848 / In the 74th year of his age. / And also the remains of his parents, / Thomas and Anne also their / Son Robert Flood who depd this life / 27th Janry, 1852, aged 33 years. Also / their Son Edward who departed this / life on the 26th day of July 1873, / aged 68 years. / May they rest in peace
[NB: Cross on rear with IHS]
IHS / IHS / GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO / Erected by his Son Edward to the memory of his beloved Father Richard Coffey of Ballykelly who dep. This life / May the 19th 1858 in the 74th year of his / Age also to the memory of his beloved / Mother Alice who died 22nd of June 1840 age 45 yr also of his Brothers Thomas who / Depd this life at Ellistown on the 29th of / Sept 1851 in the 30th year of his age and of Robert who died the 8th Oct 1847 in / The 25th year of his age. / Requiescant in Pace
CRUX MIHI SALUS / ERECTED BY / EDWARD TIERNAN OF ROSEBERRY / In memory of his beloved Father / PATRICK TIERNAN / Who died 17th Sept. 1855 aged 74 yrs / Of HIS MOTHER CATHERINE TIERNAN / Who died 24th Sept. 1852 aged 65 yrs. / And of HIS SISTER MARY TIERNAN / Who died 6th April 1843 aged 25 yrs. / Requieseant in Pace
This stone was Erected by / Edmond Grady of Rasberry / in Memory of his wife Mary Grady / who departed this life 12th Decr, 1820 / Aged 69 years / John Grady, Son of Edmond Grady / Who died 25th Nov. 1861, aged 78 / His wife Bridget died 21st May 1853, aged 55. / Also His Son James 25th May 1865. aged 27 / His Daughter Eliza 22nd Oct 1849. aged 25 / Patrick Grady, Son of John Grady, / died 30th March 1891, aged 58 years. / Also Teresa Mary Wife of Patrick / Grady died 21st Nov. 1917 aged 64 years. / Requiescant in pace. Amen
IHS / ERECTED BY / FRANCES GRADY / IN MEMORY OF / HER BELOVED HUSBAND / EDWARD GRADY, OF RICKARDSTOWN / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE 15TH Jany. 1875, / AGED 49 YEARS. / MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE / ALSO HIS DAUGHTER ELIZABETH WHO DIED 18TH / JUNE 1876 AGED 18 MONTHS. / AND HIS DAUGHTER BRIDGET, WHO DIED ON / THE 9TH OF JUNE 1879, AGED 9 YEARS. / AND THE ABOVE FRANCES GRADY WHO DIED / 3RD APRIL 1917 AGED 79 YEARS. / AND HER SON JOHN SHEIL O’GRADY WHO / DIED 15TH JUNE 1927 AGED 55 YEARS.
GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO / I H S / Sacred to the memory of the /Revd Nicholas Flood Parish / Priest of Newbridge for 33 / years. He closed a life of good / works. Respect & beloved / by all his parishioners. Died / the 28th of May 1816 aged 68 / yrs. May he rest in Peace.
GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO / IHS / Memento Mori / This stone was erected by Mrs Ann / Byrne in memory of her beloved / Husband Patk. Byrne late of New Row / Poddle Dublin who departed this / Life 7th June 1820 aged 36 years
[Undertaker/sculptor: T. GEOGHEGAN]
GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO / Erected in memory / Patrick Byrne Monread / Who died Decmbr 22nd 1848 / aged 60 years His daughter / Sarah died young. His son / Patrick died April 1836 / aged 12 years. His son / Peter died Februy. 12th 1873 / aged 53 years. / Requiescant in Pace
[Undertaker/sculptor: DEIGNAN / BAGNELSTOWN]
GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO / IHS / Erected by Mr James Byrne of / Sallins in memory of his beloved / Mother Mrs Catherine Byrne who / departed this life February 6th / 1837 aged 98 years. here also lie / his three Brothers John, Garrett, / and Simon and his Sister Mrs / Mary McGinness / May the’ rest in peace Amen / Also his grandson Daniel Coady / Who died the 5th of March 1855 / Aged 3 years. / Also his daughter Kate Mary Coady / aged 47, died 9th June 1877 / his widow Julia Byrne / aged 91 died 28th June 1879. / his granddaughter Ellen aged 18 / and her father Daniel Coady aged 58 / both of whom died 29th March 1882 / also the above Mr. James Byrne / aged 56 died Nov 1839.
Memento Mori / Erected by Richard Coffey of / Barrestown in Memory of his / Father Richard Coffey who / departed his life Octr 14 1828 / Aged 66 Years / Also his Mother Mary Coffey / who departed this life January / 20th 1785 Aged 30 Years / Requiescant in Pace Amen
[Undertaker/sculptor: Geoghegan / Naas}
ERECTED By MARY FOSTER in memory / of her beloved Husband / ALEXr PAUL FOSTER / this good man who during the / greater part of his life had been a / member of the society of friends, em- / braced the antient faith, on the 25th, Jan / 1839 in which he died a firm and sin- / cere believer: on the 23rd April 1844 at / Newbridge Barracks, in the 67th. year / of his age and 5th, of his Conversion / esteemed and regretted by all who knew him / Requiescat in pace. Amen
Gloria in Excelsis Deo / IHS / MEMENTO MORI / This stone was Erected by / Thady Farrell of Rasberry in / memory of his wife Judith / Farrell who Departed this life / august 15th 1828 / Aged 54 years / Here also lie the remains of / Michael Farrell of Newbridge / who died 14th November 1888 / aged 79 years / Requiescant in pace Amen
[Undertaker/sculptor: GEOGHEGAN / NAAS]
Memento Mori / Erected by Mrs Anne Farrell of / Newbridge in memory of her / beloved Husband Thomes Farrell / Departed of this life April 22nd 1858 / Aged 53[?] Years / Also beneath this stone lie the remains / of the above Mrs Anne Farrell who / departed this life July18th1868 / Aged 63 Years / And their daughter Julia the beloved / Wife of Robert Hyland who died Feby 4th / 1884 aged 50 years / And their son Thomas Farrell who died / 11th November 1898 aged 59 Years / Miss Mary Farrell died 22nd Jany 1908 / Aged 72 Years / Requiescant in Pace
ERECTED / BY / JOHN FARRELL / OF LOUGHBROWNE / TO THE MEMORY OF HIS BELOVED FATHER / PATRICK FARRELL WHO DIED 21ST DEC 1883 AGED 81 YEARS / ALSO HIS BELOVED MOTHER / CATHERINE FARRELL / DIED 26TH OCT 1869 AGED 58 YEARS / AND OF HIS BELOVED SISTERS / MARY JUDITH & BRIDGET / AND HIS BROTHERS / THOMAS MICHAEL & PATRICK / WHO DIED YOUNG / ALSO THE ABOVE / JOHN FARRELL WHO DIED / 3[?] MARCH 1911 AGED 75 YEARS / HIS WIFE MARGARET FARRELL / DIED 15TH SEPT 1921 AGED 83 YEARS / REQUIESCANT IN PACE
IHS / IHS / GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO / Erected by Peter Grady of Raspberry / In memory of his beloved son Philip / Grady who deptd this life March 8th 1840 / aged 31 Years / Also his Son Patrick who depd this / life 17th April 1890 aged 72 years / And Anne Wife of the above Patrick who / depd this life 25th May 1891 aged 71 years. / Requiescant in Pace
Ecce Agnus Dei / Erected by / MRS MARY TIERNEY. of Lewistown / in memory of her beloved Husband / JOSEPH TIERNEY. / who died 28th Novr. 1866, in the 61st year of his age, / Also two of their children, ANDREW, & MICHAEL, / who died young. / And of the above named MARY TIERNEY, who died 9th Jany 1892, aged 78 years. / Also of JOSEPH TIERNEY, who died 18th Sep. / 1900 aged 18 years. / Her son JOHN who died 11th Nov 1907 aged / 74 years. / Also Alice Tierney wife of the above JOHN / Who died 25th July 1928 aged 67 years / Requiescant in pace
I H S / IN MEMORY OF / R / I / P / SARAH BYRNE / WHO DIED NO[?] / 29[?] 1922[?] AGE 55 / AND PETER BYRNE / WHO DIE[D] JUNE 17 1915 / AGE 75
I H S / I H S / GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO / Erected by Mathew Toole of / Moorefield in memory of his belo / ved Daughter agnss Toole aged / 11 years died 3rd of Septr 1845
Gloria in Excelsis Deo / IHS / Memento Mori/ Erected by Thomas Farrell of / Great Connell in memory of his / beloved brother Richard Farrell / who departed this life May 22th. / 1836 Aged 32 Years / Also in memory of the above named / Thomas Farrell who departed this / life May 23rd 1873. Aged 67 years. / And of his three Children who died young.
GLORIA INEXCELSIS DEO / Erected here by Mrs Judith Conlan of / Newbridge in memory of her beloved / Husband Patrick Conlan who depd this / life 7th Novbr 1840 aged 59 years also their / two children Andrew and Mary Conlan / Requiescant in Pace
ERECTED / BY / JULIA WATERS, NEWBRIDGE / IN MEMORY OF HER BELOVED HUSBAND / MICHAEL. / Who Died Nov. 2nd 1889, AGED 47 Years. / ALSO HER BELOVED MOTHER ANNE FARRELL, Coysteen / DIED DEC. 2nd 1880. / ALSO HER BELOVED FATHER JOHN FARRELL. / DIED JUNE 25th 1882. / AND OF HER BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO DIED YOUNG / AND OF THE ABOVE / JULIA WATERS. / DIED 18th MAY 1901, AGED 45 YEARS. / R.I.P.
GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO / Erected by Martin Donegan of / Hillsborough in memory of his belo- /
ved wife Julia Donegan who depd, / this life 7th, of March 1840 aged 40 yrs, / Requiescant in Pace.
Erected / by Edmond Regan of Clownings / In memory of his beloved Father / JOHN REGAN, who died 13th Feby. 1890. / Aged 68 years. / Also his brother John REGAN, / Who died 21st, Octr. 1877, Aged 12 years. / also his beloved sister Mary Teresa, / who died 16th, July, 1890, Aged 31 years. / RIP
IHS Gloria in excelsis Deo. / This stone was Erected by Edwd Flanagan / of Fishamble St in the City of Dublin in / Memory of his beloved wife Rose Flanagan / who departed this life December 17th 1822 / Aged 50 years / Also three of Their Children who / died young
Sacred heart of Jesus / Have mercy on the souls / of / Hugh & Catherine Kelly / of Connell / also their sons and daughters / John, Kate, Teresa and / James. / and two infants Brigid & James / R.I.P. / also Brigid Kelly, daughter of above Hugh and Kate / Kelly, who died 20th March 1929 aged 76 years. /
Compiled, re-typed, edited and checked by Mario Corrigan, James Durney and Roy O’Brien – 2008.
TRANSCRIPTONS RECORDED 27 APRIL 2008 BY COUNTY KILDARE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Elizabeth Connelly, Mary Glennon, Belinda Jacob, David & Caroline Crone, Sheila Briody, Mary Dawson, Jenny Gray, Siobhan McNulty, Glascott Symes, Tom Wheatley, Colette Dunne, Michael Jacob, Rory More O’Farrell, Mary Fay, Con Manning, Michael Mullally, Andrew & Liz Ogden, Michael Dempsey, Willie Walsh, Patricia & Colette Dunne, Mary Kirby, Mary Murphy, Bridget Loughlin, County Heritage Officer, Kildare County Council. Mario Corrigan, C.K.A.S., Local Studies Librarian, Kildare County Library.
The Society would like to thank Des O’Leary and the staff of Kildare County Council who cleaned up the graveyard prior to the arrival of the Society and Rev. John Marsden who joined the Society for a prayer to all those buried in Great Connell graveyard. Huge thanks to Bridget.
The graveyard mapping was commissioned by Bridget Loughlin and carried out by J&L Surveys Ltd.
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