Kevin McMahon and Jem Murphy
|I.H.S. Here lies the body of Mary Hughes who departed this life Jany, 31 1793 aged 36 years; erected by her husband Felix Garvey.
Of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of Felix Garvey of Tullyvallon who departed this life 4th June 1869 aged 70 years. Also his beloved wife Mary Garvey who departed this life 2nd Feb. 1852 aged 50 years. This stone was erected as a tribute of love and filial affection by their son John Garvey, of Liverpool.
|2||Garlan||Here lyeth the body of James Garlan late of Corlat who depd this life Janry, 4th 1787 Aged 54 (?) years. Also his Brother Ncholas Garlan who depd this life March the 28th 1788 aged (&) years. Also Mary Garlan Daughter to the above James who depd this life Feb 9th 1789 aged 22 years and also Ann Garlan her Sister who depd this life April 26th 1790 Aged 33(?) years. Also the remains of Richard Garland Son of the above named James Garland who departed this life the 11th of March 1840 Aged 73 Years.|
|3||Jeffers||G.I.E.D. AD 1869. In affectionate remembrance of John Jeffers who died Febry the 13th 1868 aged 36 years; R. I. P.
(B3 in "Inscriptions in Creggan Graveyard")
This headstone is a memorial to John Lee Jeffers, Carnally House, grandson of Francis Forde, the builder of Carnally House. Francis Forde's two wives and son, Francis, may also be buried here.
|5||... of John ... who dep this life the 7 of May 1793 aged 24 years.|
|7||Hughes||IHS. This place of interment belongs to Jas Hughes of Camley McCollough where lieth the remains of his father and mother Patk and Hannah Hughes late of Lurganneena; AD 1896.|
|8||O'Neill||1480 O'Neill 1820.
Here lyeth the body of Daniel O'Neill who departed this life Sept... aged 71(?) years father of ... ter(?) ... Arth(?)
Here lyeth the body of Arthur O'Neill who departed this life Au. 11(?) 176... aged…y...
(D2 in "Inscriptions in Creggan Graveyard")
This flat headstone, bearing an incised "Red Hand", is a memorial to Daniel and Art Og O'Neill, Annaghad. Daniel O'Neill was engaged in the linen trade and, according to the Cardinal Tomas O'Fiaich, he was probably the last of the O'Neills of the Fews ". . . to maintain some semblance of the family's earlier greatness in the Parish of Creggan. ." He died around 1773.
Art Og O'Neill was Daniel O'Neill's son. He died in 1769 at the age of 26, an event which inspired Art MacCooey to write "Marbhna Airt Oig Ui Neill" (Lament for Young Art O'Neill), his longest, most ambitious and most mournful poem. According to Henry Morris, the Gaelic scholar "- Art Og O'Neill was ". . . The last scion of the chiefs of the Fews whom MacCooey - and perhaps many other - had been building high hopes, and his early death was a severe blow. MacCooey regarded it as a national disaster . . . ."
This headstone, erected by Jem Murphy in 1973, is a memorial to the MacMurphy family, Carnally, the most famous of whom was the 18th century poet and outlaw,
Seamus Mor. Seamus Mor MacMurphy was born around 1720. His closest friend was Peadar O'Doirnin, the Gaelic poet who, with him, founded a school of Gaelic poetry. They held regular sessions at Dunreavy Wood arid Mullaghbane, During the period 1740 to 1745, MacMurphy and O'Doirnin were active agents of the Scottish "Young Pretender", Charles Edward Stuart, and, at the instigation of John Johnston, Roxboro'- "Johnston of the Fews", the tory-hunter- O'Doirnin was proclaimed as ".. a person ill-disposed to the King, a favourite of the Pretender, who stirs up the people to rebel by his treasonable composition. . . .". In 1744, Mac Murphy and O'Doirnin mustered a monster meeting on the top of Slieve Gullion to organise the people, should the "Young Pretender" come to Irelan and, shortly afterwards, John Johnstoll was attacked and barely escaped with his life. Fearing open rebellion, he met Mac Murphy and O'Doirtnn under a flag of truce and air uneasy peace followed. MacMurphy arid O'Doirnin had two weaknesses - drink and women - and their favourite place of retreat was a shebeen on the eastern slopes of the Flagstaff, owned by Patsy MacDacker. The chief attraction there was the shebeen-keeper's daughter, Molly MacDacker. Seamus MacMurphy and Molly MacDacker were in love but the malicious tongues of gossipmongers caused them to quarrel, Molly's love for Seamus turned to hate arid she planned her revenge. She plied Peadar O'Doirnin with plenty of drink, persuaded him to write an insulting poem - "The Heretic Headcutter" - about John Johnston and, taking the poem with her, set out for Johnston's home, at Roxboro'. An account of Molly MacDacker's conversation with John Johnston has come down in tradition:
Johnston: "Was it to insult me that you came here? You'll suffer for this, and so will the man who wrote it".
Molly: "It is because I want revenge myself that I brought you this poem. It was MacMurphy who composed it and there's not a child in the ten townlands of Omeath nor in the eight townlands of Killeavy that's not singing it today".
Johnston: "I see. He has injured you too and you want me to help you to revenge. I'd do it willingly - make no doubt about it that if he gets into my hands, he'll have plenty of material in hell to write a new song about the Headcutter's vengeance. But how to catch him - why, the whole countryside guards him arid brings him news".
Molly: "I'll help you and no one knows better how to do it. My father will help, if he gets a reward - he'd sell his own mother for blood-money. Isn't there a price on MacMurphy's head?".
Johnston: "Fifty pounds - dead or alive".
Molly: "Can I have that in writing, under your own hand?".
Johnston: "You'll get that certainly - when I hear how you're going to manage".
Molly: "I have my plan ready. Next Sunday is the Patron of Killeavy - you know what that means. MacMurphy is to spend Saturday night in our house on the Flagstaff arid take me to the Patron on Sunday. If you do your work properly, he'll never see the Patron - but your men must be early afoot. It you send them at daybreak to the Flagstaff, we'll see to the rest. When MacMurphy is helplessly drunk, I'll call in your soldiers - arid you call take it that his powder will be well soaked. . .".
And so the plot was hatched. And so Seamus MacMurphy was captured by John Johnston. Eight months later, he was tried, sentenced to death arid hanged. He was buried here.
|10||Kelly||I.H.S, This stone is erected by Tho Kelly of Carren in memory of his son James Kelly who departed this life Feabruary the 29th. 1814 aged 19 years.|
|11||O'Hagan||In loving memory of Patrick O'Hagan of Coolderry who died 25th August 1935 aged 2 years.|
|12||O'Callaghan||I H..S. here lieth the Body of Pattc O'Callaghan son to Thos of Crossmaglen (?) who depd this life August the 15th 1780 aged 24 yrs.|
|13||McShane||I.H.S. Erected by Donald McShane of Sytrim in memory of his son Michael who departed this life in Sep 1809; also of his daughter Elizabeth who departed this life in May 1812.|
|14||McShane||I.H.S. Here lies the body of Catherine McShane. Here lies the body of Catherine McMahon who departed this life the 28 day of July anno dom 1751 aged 18 years.|
|15||McShane||Here lies the body of Bryan More McShane of Loghross who departed this life the 4 day of Oct anno dom 1734,. his age 84 years.|
|16||McShane||I.H.S. Erected by Edw McShane in memory of his father Patrick McShane of Carran who departed this life August 1 1817 aged 76,. also in memory of Elenor McVeagh his wife who died Oct 11 1824 aged 70 years. R.I. P. A.|
|17||McShane||I.H.S. Erected by Michael McShane of Cornonagh in memory of his father John McShane who departed this life Oct 27 1832 aged 68 years. R. I. P. A.|
|18||McShane||I.H.S. This stone and burial place belongs to Hugh McShane and his posterity who departed this transsetory life the 14 day of May anno dom 1772 aged 64 years.|
|19||Quinn||This stone ... erected by Ed... Quinn of Glasd..mond in memor of hi... beloved wife ... ne McGee who depart ... this life Ag. . t(?) 23 1843 aged 65 years. R.I.P.|
|20||Grant||In loving memory) of Grant family Tullynavall.
... Died May VII 17(?) Aged (?) 7 years 174(?).
(F5 in "Inscriptions in Creggan Graveyard")
This headstone is a memorial to the Grant family, Tullynvall. One of these Grants was an organiser of the United Irishmenin the Silverbridge-Carrive area and he is mentioned in the beautiful ballad, "The Carrive Blacksmith".
|21||Durnin||G. I. E. D. I.H.S; This monument was erected by Patrick Durnin of Skeriff as a tribute of regard for his affectionate wife Rose Durnin who departed this life in the 68th year of her age on 16th July 1843. R. I. P.|
|22||Branagan||I.H.S.; Here lies the body of Cecily Branagan who died April ye 3 1787 aged 82 years; erected by Thomas Conelan.
This headstone, erected by Thomas Conelan, is a memorial to Cecily Branagan. According to Cardinal Tomds O'Fiaich, ". . . A Thomas Conelan of Cregganduff who died about the end of the 18th. century was the scribe of Gaelic Ms. F. 1. (containing a life of St. Patrick in Irish) now in Maynooth College Library. The Thomas Conelan who erected the memorial may be the scribe of the Ms.
|23||Branagan||Here lies the body of James Branagan of Tullynavall who departed this life January the 2st 1809 aged 53 years; also his son Edward Branagan who deported this life January the 6th 1813 aged 20 years; likewise his daughter Ann Branagan who departed this life January the 17 1813 aged 18 years: also his daughter Mary Branagan who departed this life January 6 1813 aged 16 years.|
|24||McCoy||G. I. E. D. I.H.S.; This stone was erected by Philip McCoy of Mobane as a tribute of affection to his sister Catherine McCoy who departed this life Nov. 1 1810 aged 28 years,. also to his beloved mother Jane McCoy ho departed this life Aug 15 1817 aged 55 years; also to his beloved father Bryan McCoy who departed this life May 11 1830 aged 69 years; and to his sister Bridget McCoy who departed this life May 30 1834 aged 28 years. R.I.P.A.|
|25||C.M.C.||I.H.S.; Here lys. the body of C. M. C. who dyedyed in the year of 17 XXL|
|26||Kelly||Pray for the soul of Peter Kelly how (sic) dept this life April 1735.|
|27||Kelly||I.H.S.; This stone was erected by Pat (?) Kelly of Clarnagah (?) Monagilla (?) in memory of his father. Owen Kelly, who departed this life Feb the 14 1799 aged 56.|
|28||McGeeney||I.H.S.; Erected by Owen McGeeney of Dorsey McDonald in memory of his father Edward McGeeney who departed this life May the 29 1798 aged 57 years; also of his brother Patk McGeeney who departed this life June 29 1832 aged 54 years.|
|29||McMahon||In loving memory of the McMahon family, Ballsmill R.I.P. Erected by their daughter Bridget McMahon.|
|30||Quin||I.H.S. Here lyeth the body of the Reverend Doctor Terence Quin late pastor of the parish a Creggan who departed this life the 22nd of June 1775 aged 60 years.
(F7 in "Inscriptions in Creggan Graveyard")
This flat headstone, now almost totally illegible, is a memorial to Fr. Terence Quinn, P. P. of Creggan Parish from 1741 to 1767. Fr. Terence Quinn was born in 1715 and he was probably a native of the Cullyhanna district. He studied for the priesthood in Spain and obtained a doctorate in theology at the Irish College, Salamanca. In 1741, he was appointed P.P. of Creggan Parish. According to some of the South-Armagh poets, he was a "big-man's-man", very overbearing in manner and very fond of money and kind. Art McCooey in particular disliked him and blamed him for his excommunication from the Church and his subsequent banishment from Creggan Parish. If in fact Fr. Quinn was a "big-man's-man", his sister and housekeeper, Mary Quinn, was for sure a "big-man's-woman"! Once, Art MacCooey had occasion to visit the parochial-house and had arrived at the same time as a well-to-do parishioner. Mary invited the well-to-do parishioner into the parlour and gave him a glass of wine, while she left Art standing in the kitchen with a mug of buttermilk! Stung by the slight, Art resorted to a poet's most deadly weapon - scathing satire - and seizing upon a eye defect which she had, wrote a poem about her called "Blind Mary Quinn". Two verses of Cardinal Tomas O'Fiaich's translation gives the flavour of the poem:
"A handsome young fella is not what would please her-
Later, after his reconciliation with the Church and his return to Creggan, Art made amends for his insult to Mary by composing a fulsome tribute called "The Fair-haired Lass of the Quinns" which, according to Cardinal Tomas O'Fiaich "…. is metrically perfect and patently insincere. . . ."!
In 1767, Fr. Terence Quinn was transferred to Tandragee/Mullabrack Parish. He died in 1775 and was buried in Creggan Graveyard.
|31||Lamb||This stone and burial place belongs to Adam Lamb and his posterity; erected in the year anno dom 1769 aged 66 years|
|32||Hughes||I.H.S.; This stone was erected by Arthur Hughes in memory, of his father Owen Hughes of Balinnarea who departed this life May, the 19 1790 aged 61 years; also his wife Bridget Callan who departed this life January 15 1769 aged 36 years.|
|33||Quinn||G.I.E.D. I.H.S.; Erected by Catherine Quinn of Shytrim in memory of her husband Peter Quinn who departed this life on the 1st of Sept 1855 aged 60 years: also her son Patk Quinn who departed this life n the 2nd of Sept 1846 aged 27 years: likewise her son John Quinn who departed this life on the 18th Sept 1869 aged 28 ears; and to that of her daughter Catherine who died at an early age. R.IP.A.|
|34||Rice||... departed. . . March the ... 37 yr. also ... and son Thos. who dep. Au ... 1790 aged 10 yrs. Erected by MI. Rice ...|
|I.H.S.; Erected by Dr Vaughan alias McVeagh of Castle Blayney in memory of his Father Dr. James who depd this life August the 1st 1784 Aged 75(.?) Years. Also his Brother Dr Fergus depd August 7th 1784 Aged 26 Years. Also three of his Children & (?) posterity, AD (?)
(E9a in "Inscriptions in Creggan Graveyard")
This headstone, erected by Dr. Vaughan alias McVeagh, Castleblayney, is a memorial to members of the Vaughan/McVeagh family. It is possible that the 18th. century Gaelic poet, Fergus MacVeagh, is buried here.
|36||Gally||Here lyeth the body of Eliz(?)eb Gally who departed this life May 1 1788 aged 67 years.|
|37||Meallew||I.H.S. + St. Pk. (carving of saint); cut by Pt Quinn. Here lyeth the body of Luke... allew of Camely McCulliogh who departed this life the 26 March 1778 aged 48: and also his brother Thomas Meallew of Camely McCullioh who departed this life the 17th of December 1793 aged 54. May the ... souls rest in peace. Amen.|
|39||McLean||In Affectionate Remembrance of William McLean Cregganduff who died April 2nd 1893 Aged 68 Years. Also his son Fergus McLean who died March 28th 1894 Aged 32 Years. Also Margaret wife of the above W. McLean who died May 2nd 1907 Aged 80 years Also his son, George McLean, who died June 24th 1924 aged 69 years. Be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man Cometh. Erected by the Revd. W. McLean B.A.
Also his daughter in law Jane McLean who died 27th October 1928 and her daughter Letitia Lowe who died 6th August 1957.
(E10b in "Inscriptions in Creggan Graveyard")
This headstone is a memorial to the McLean family, Cregganduff. It was erected by Rev. William McLean, grand-uncle of David Lowe, the present Sexton of Creggan Church. Rev. William McLean served most of his ministry in England.
|40||McDonald||This stone is Erected by Edwd McDonald Forkhil in Memory of his Father Edwd Do died (?) year 1750 A[ged] 29 (?) years. Also his [bro?] Patrk McDonald [who?] Departed This Li[fe] [Ma]rch 24th 1792 [Aged - year]s Requiescat [in Pace] Amen.|
|41||Hughes||Erected by Catherine Hughes Cullyhanna in memory of her mother Jane died 28th Sept 1855. Her Father Bernard died 1st Aug. 1883. Her uncle Francis died 15th Dec. 1871. and her brother Felix died 18th April 1883. Also her sisters Judith died 15th Aug. 1913 and Mary died 12th May 1920.|
|44||Doyle||I.H.S. Here Lyeth the body of James Doyle who departed this life the 27of Jan 1768?|
|45||Smith||In affectionate remembrance of Annie (beloved wife of) R. J. Smith Urcher House Crossmaglen who died 8th April 1931 aged 70 years. Also above Robert James Smith entered into rest 21st Oct. 1944 aged 84 years. " Till we meet at Jesus feet" "No man cometh unto the father but by me" John 14.6.|
|46||Golloghly||In loving memory of Neil Golloghly Cregganduff who died 19th April 1902 aged 65 years, also his wife Hannah who died 21st July 1904 aged 72 years, and their son Bernard who died 16th Nov 1916. R.I.P. Erected by a loving family.|
|47||O'Callaghan||IHS. Here lyeth the body of Patrick O'Calloughan of Emmricam Who Departed this Life the 26 of June 1788 Aged 62 years.|
|48||Bellew||... Bellew [who departed this [life - ] the 18th (?) 1807 [Aged] 21 years.|
|49||McCave||I.H.S.; Here lies the body of Owne McCave of Moybane in this county, farme(r)? who departed this life 29 June 1792 aged 57 years.|
|50||O'Callaghan||Sacred to the memory of Patrick O'Callaghan of Ballyminab who departed this life the 4th of May 1788 aged 5(?)8 years.
(G7 in "Inscriptions in Creggan Graveyard")
This headstone is a memorial to Patrick O'Callaghan, Ballymacnab. According to Cardinal Tomas O'Fiaich "......a Patrick O'Callaghan of Ballymacnab figures as witness to the marriage settlement made by Daniel O'Neil of Annagad in 1769 on the occasion of the marriage of his daughter Eleanor to John O'Toole of Aughnagurgan." The Patrick O'Callaghan named on the headstone may be the Patrick O'Callaghan who witnessed the marriage settlement.
|51||O'Neill||Erected by John O'Neill of Glassdrummond in memory of his father Cornelius who departed this life on the 8th of January 1819 aged 80 years; also his son John who died on ]he 18th August 1847 aged 19 years. R.I.P.A.|
|52||Jeffers||Erected by their children. In loving memory of John Jeffers who died 7th Nov 1907 aged 77 years; also his wife Elizabeth died 30th March 1900 aged 67 years; also his son Jeremiah Jeffers died 10th Sept 1902 aged 39 years and his wife Elizabeth died 19th March 1900 aged 33 years.|
|Erected by Wm. Smyth in loving memory of his beloved wife Annie Smyth who died 14th Oct. 1915,. also her sister Emely Thomas who died 16th April 1907. Creggan. "Thy will be done".|
|54||Dawson||Agnes Dawson passed to her rest 10 July 1940 aged 95 years at Cloghogue; "Her weary hands shall toil no more".|
|55||McCreesh||I.H.S: In memory of Patrick McCreesh of Dorsey who departed this life 12th August 1859 aged 67 years; erected by his daughter Bridget.|
|56||McAlister||McAlister. In loving memory of James McAlister who died 7th Feb. 1926, his wife Annie who died 3rd April 1949, and three of their children who died in infancy. Thy will be done. Erected by their son James Toronto Canada.|
|57||Browne||Erected by Thomas Jackson in loving remembrance of William R. Browne died 12th April 1862. " The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord". Job. Ch., Verse ,.
Daniel Browne died Feb 1867.
(JI0 in "Inscriptions in Creggan Graveyard")
This headstone, erected by Thomas Jackson, is a memorial to three members of the Browne family. The Thomas Jackson who erected the headstone was Sir Thomas Jackson, Creggan's only knight of the realm since the middle of the 17th. century, when Sir Henry O'Neill ruled the Fews.
|58||Guy||Erected by Robert Guy of Silverbridge House to the memory of his dear son David who departed this life the 12th day of Jan 1865 aged 7 years 10 months.|
|59||Kelly||In loving memory of the Kelly family Carnally. R.I.P.|
|60||Raverty||I.H.S. Hear lieth the body of Thomas Raverty of Carricknagavna who departed this life March 2 1788 aged 76 years.|
|61||McCreesh||GIED.. IHS: Erected by James McCreesh in memory of his father Owen McCreesh of Dorsey ho departed this life March the 5th 1821 aged 71 years; also in memory of his mother Margaret Bennett who departed this life March the 1st 1823 aged 73 years: RIPA.|
|62||Rafferty||IHS: Erected in memory of Hugh Rafferty of Tullydonnell who departed this life 28th January 1851 aged 76 years; also his son Patrick Rafferty who departed this life October the 26th 1850 aged 21 years; RIPA.|
|63||Grahams||IHS: Here lieth the body of John Grahams who died July ye 17th 1772 aged 75yrs.|
|64||Hearty||IHS(?); Erected by James Hearty of Lurgancullenbuoy in memory of his daughter Mary Hearty who depd this life March 20th AD 181(?) aged 18(?) years.|
|65||Hearty||IHS: Erected by Mathew Hearty of Cornonaugh in memory of his beloved wife Mary who died the 10th of December 1817 aged 42 years; also his father Owen Hearty who died the 13th of Aug 1845 aged 78 years|
|67||Kieran||IHS: Here lyeth the body of Patrick Kiernan and his posterity who departed this life Aust the 12th in the year of Our Lord 1766 aged 55 years; also the body of James Kiernan who departed this life Aust 19th anno dom 1778 aged 6 months: also the body, of Elenor ditto who departd this life June 4th 1787 aged 4 years.|
|69||Molly||I.H.S. Here lies the body, of Arthur Molly of Cregganduff who departed this life April the 9th 1791 aged 68 years.|
|70||Mackin||I.H.S. Erected to the memory of Michael Mackin of Tullinawall who departed this life 20th July 1861 aged 73 years. R.I.P.|
|71||Connellan||Here lieth the body of Laughlin Connellan who dyed 1715 a 8 years.|
|72||Hart||Erected by Arth Hart in memory of his fa... hr Hart of Car... who departed this life April the 29th 1798 aged 71 years; also in memory of his sister Mary Hart who departed this life April the 20th 1823 aged 36 years.|
|73||McArdle||G.I.E.D. Erected by Francis McArdle of Court Bawn in memory of his father Fargus McArdle who departed this life May the 2nd 1785 aged 45 years; also his mother Anne McArdle who departed this life the 19th April 1815 aged 71 years: likewise his brother Felix McArdle of Castletown who departed this life August the 12th 1821 aged 51 years; his sons Fergus McArdle in 1857 aged 52; Henry McArdle 22 July 1870 aged 66,. Bridget McArdle beloved wife of Henry on 9th March 1871 aged 60 years: Catherine McArdle 1935; John McArdle 1955. R.I.P.|
|74||McArdle||I H. S. Here lieth the body of James McArdle died Decr ye 27th 178 ... age 65 years; erected by his son Henry a d 1786.|
|75||Garvey||I.H.S Erected in memory of Michael Garvey of Roxborough who departed this life April the 12th 1833 aged 82 years.|
|76||McCreesh||G.I.E.D. I.H.S. Erected by John McCreesh in memory of his mother. Eleanor Donnelly who departed this life August the 12th 1808 aged 66years; also in memory of his father Edward McCreesh of Tullinlavin who departed this life April the 14th 1814 aged 76 years. R. I. P.|
|77||McCreesh||G.I.E.D. LH.S. Erected by Patk McCreesh in memory of his father Bernard McCreesh of Rockborough who departed this life July 3 1813 aged 51 years. R.I.P.A.|
|78||McCreesh||Et Domine In Excelsis Deo. I.H.S. Erected by Patk McCreesh in memory of his father Neal McCreesh of Dorsey who departed this life Aug 27th 1819 aged 66 years R. I. P.|
|79||Ardle||Here lieth ... Ardle who'd. . Octor ye 7th 178... ected by his son.|
|I.H.S This stone was erected by Jas Woods in memory of his parents Mr Peter Woods of Loughross who died March the 25th 1778 aged 57 years; and Rose Treanor who made her exile June the ... th 1783.
(I7 in "Inscriptions in Creggan Graveyard")
This headstone, erected by Dr. James Woods, Dundalk, is a memorial to his parents, Peter Woods and Rose Treanor, Loughross. Dr. James Woods was a Gaelic poet and scribe and he was born at Loughross around 1758. Originally, he had intended becoming a priest and, with this in view, he went to study at one of the Irish Colleges on the continent, possibly Louvain. However, due to ill health, he gave up the idea and returned to Ireland. He then took up the study of medicine and, after all apprenticeship with a Dundalk doctor or chemist and a period of study at Apothecaries Hall, Dublin, he qualified as an apothecary and set up a medical practitioner in Dundalk. He married Anne Tyrrell, a Protestant lady much younger. than himself, who survived him by over thirty years. Towards the end of his life, in 1826, he organised the famous "Bardic Contention" in Duildalk and planned a project for the erection of memorials to the poets of Oriel. He died on 6th January 1828 and was later buried at Creggan, presumably here with his parents.
|81||Duffy||I.H.S. Here lyeth the body of Patrick Duffy (of) Teer who departed this life Aug the 8th 1808 aged 44 years.|
|G.I.E.D. I.H.S. Erected by Catherine Campbell in memory of her husband Thos Callends who died Jany the Ist a d 1797 aged 32 years; also her son Bernard Callends of Shytrim who died April the ]9th 1834 aged 37 yrs.|
|84||McElroy||I.H.S. Erected by Charles McElroy of Rover in memory of his daughter Bridget McElroy who departed this life 2nd June 1813 aged 23 years.|
|85||Loye||Here lieth the body of Margt Loye who died July ye 9th 1786 aged 30 yrs; also the body of Thos Loye who died Decr the 23rd 1786 aged 38 years.|
|86||Loye||Here lyeth the body of Pat Loye who died 9ber 3. anno 1685.
(J4 in "Inscriptions in Creggan Graveyard")
This headstone is a memorial to Pat Loye. It is of interest, in so far as it is the oldest headstone discovered in the graveyard (302 years now in 1987).
|87||Loye||Sacred to the memory of John Loye born May 1815; died at the Argory 10th February 1879 who for 40 years was the faithful servant of the late McGeough Bond Esqr and his family; this monument is erected as a token of regard and esteem by those with whom he lived and served so truly; may he rest in peace.|
|I.H.S. To the memory of Bryan Loye Senr who departed this life Nov the 20 1788 aged 66years; also the body of Mary McVeagh who departed this life Nov 1792 aged 63 years; erected by Bryan Loye Junr of Edenasharragh.|
|89||Harvey||G.I.E.D. I.H.S. Erected by Alice Harvey of Clanalig in memory of her beloved husband James Harvey who departed this life 5 August 1816 aged 76 years.|
|90||Kelly||I.H.S. Here lieth the body of Pattk Kelly of Dorcy who departed this life Novr the 17th 1783 aged 84 years; here lieth the body of Hugh Kelly who departed this life March ye 11th 1789 aged 56 years.
(I4 in "Inscriptions in Creggan Graveyard")
This headstone marks the burial place of the relatives and parents of Hugh Kelly, Tullyvallen "Kieran", the eminent Gaelic Scholar who died around the time of the "Great Flu" of 1918.
|91||I.H.S. October 14th 1820|
|92||Grimes||In loving memory of Felix Grimes Lurgancullenboy died 23rd Feb 1906 aged 50 yrs, and his son Patrick died 7th Mar 1909 aged 7 yrs, also his wife Bridget died 15th Nov 1931 aged 70 yrs. R.I.P.|
|93||Moan||I.H.S. Erected by Owen Moley of Cregganduff in memory of his wife Mary Moan who departed this life July the 25th 1811 aged 68 years.|
|94||Moan||I.H.S. Here lieth the body of Patrick Moan who died Novr 14th 1783 aged 87 years.|
|95||McMahon||Erected in memory of Margaret McMahon Ballsmill died 5th Nov 1977 aged 75 year and her husband James died 27th Feb 1981 aged 85 years. McMahon.|
|96||Hearty||In loving memory of Owen Hearty Creggan his wife Bridget Hearty and his daughter Bridget Hearty and his son Patrick Hearty R.I.P.|
|97||Owens||I.H.S. Here lies the body of John Owens who departed this life May, the 17th 1761 aged 76 years; erected by Manis Kernan A A 1786.|
|98||McGurk||Hear lyeth the body of James McGurk of Rathkeelan who departed this life August 28 1817 aged 59 years.|
|99||Kelly||IHS; Here lieth the body of Bryan Kelly of Carricklough who departed this life May the 1st 1761 aged 66 fears and also his wife Serah who departed this life February the 1(?)4th 1762 aged 65 years|
|100||McShane||IHS; Loved by all; In loving memory of Bernard McShane Drumbally died 25th Aug 1922 aged 70 years also his wife Mary McShane died 24th Jan 1944 aged 83 years; McShane.|
|101||Hale||In loving memory of Mary Hale died 26th Nov 1897 wife of James Johnston Hale died 11th Nov 1912 and his brother. Richard died 8th Jan 1905; also Susan Victoria died 25th Aug 1946 beloved wife of James Joseph Hale died 20th July 1949; Eliza Jane (Hale) Carey died 28ih Feb 1953.|
|102||Beattie||Erected by John Beattie in memory of his wife Emily Beattie died 7th October 1926 aged 27 years; also their child William G Beattie died 2nd April 1926 aged 10 months.|
|Here lies the body of Alex Donaldson of Cloghog Co. Armagh formerly of Philipstown Co. Louth who died 22nd Jan 1776 aged 85 years, and of his wife Alice Donaldson who died 24 Aug 1769 aged 82 years, and of Richard Donaldson M D who father Joseph Donaldson was a grandson of the said Alex Donaldson. He died 4th March 1879 aged 54 years
Sacred to the memory of Thomas Bell of Killin Co. Louth formerly of Druminnis Co. Armagh born 13 Feby 1775died 24 Feby 1868; Eliza Bell formerly Charleton his wife born 4 June 1801 died 21 June 1873; and their children Eliza Bell born 4 March 1833 died 23 May 1892; Isabella Bell born 20 July 1828 died 9 March 1908; Leonard Gillespie Bell born 11 Septr 1826 died 13 Feby 1911; Jane Alicia Bell born 6 June 1831 died 30 Novr 1914; Dorothea Bell born 18 Septr 1825 died 9 Feby 1917
Here lies the body of Andrew Donaldson of Philipstown Co. Louth died 29 Oct 1773 aged 61 years; Catherine Donaldson alias Bailie his wife died 12 April 1811 aged 82 years and their only son Alex Donaldson died 7 Novr 1843 aged 72 years; also their daughter Alice Donaldson died 5 Feby 1788 aged 19 years and Dorothea Charleton alias Donaldson died 26 Jan 1821 aged 52 years and her sons Alex Charlelon died 28 Septr 1828 aged 25 years and William Charleton died 25 Septr 1875 aged 77 years.
(L3 in "Inscriptions in Creggan Graveyard")
The three headstones in this plot are memorials to some members and relations of the ban Donaldson family, Cloghoge. Alexander ban Donaldson was one of the earliest Presbyterians to settle in Creggan parish. He came from the Barony of Lecale, in East Down, settled first at Drumhammond, Co. Monaghan, then at Philipstown, Co. Louth and finally, in the late(?) 1730's at Cloghoge. At least three of Alexander ban Donaldson's grand-children were members of the United Irish Society (United Irishmen) - Alexander, William and Margaret (Peggy ban) - and at least one of their homes, the "Ambush House", Freedutf, was burned by Lord Blayney's "flying column", in 1797. Another of Alexander ban's grandson's(?), colonel William Donaldson, fought against the English in the American War of 1812 - 1815.
|104||Lambe||IHS In loving memory of our dear father and mother Mary and Robert Lambe RIP; Lamb.|
|105||Byrne||IHS; Here lieth the body of John Byrne who depat May ye 2nd 1785 aged 80 years; also his wife Margaret and his son Luke; erected by his son Thomas Byrne.|
|107||Stephens||(Anchor): In memory of George Stephens who died the 8th September 1846 aged 58 years: also his beloved wife Elizabeth Stephens who died on the 9th of February 1869 aged 67 years: " Their end was peace "; erected by their son George as a tribute of affection.|
|108||Crummy||IHS; In memory of Michael Crummy of Tullinavall who died 27th April, 1880 aged 66 years: also his brother Owen who died January 20th 1870 aged 61 years; RIP.|
|109||Stokes||In loving memory of James Stokes of Carrigan died Nov 24th 1905 aged 60 yes; Erected by his son Richard.|
|This monument ... to the memory of James McCull…h of… who departed this life August ... aged 54(?) years whose remains ... interred(?) here(?). . . Underneath this monument are also interred the remains of his daughter Dorothea wife to John Bell(?) Best(?) Babe(?) Esq of Antrim who departed this life in the 80th year of her age on the 9th January, 1868.|
|111||Reed||Sacred to the memory of John Reed of Rahans Esqr who departed this life 4th June 1860 in the 91st year of his age; this stone is elected by his sister and nephew in menmory of the great love and deep respecte in which he was deservedly held not only by them but by all with whom he was connected,. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: yea saith the Spirit that they may rest from their labour" P. L.V. XIV. 13.
(R1 in "Inscriptions in Creggan Graveyard")
This headstone, erected by his sister and nephew, is a memorial to John Reed, Rahans, near Carrickmacross. John Reed was a landlord and magistrate. He married the niece of Captain James McCullagh, Camlymacullagh, and owned part of the McCullagh estate. There is another memorial to him in Donaghmoyne Parish Church which reads. "In loving memory of John Reed Esqr of Rahans for many years churchwarden of this parish. This table was erected by his brother James and Willian Reed".
|112||Byrne||In loving memories ff the Byrne family, Drumbally; Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on their souls; RIP.|
|113||Murphy||IHS: Here lieth the body of Christopher Murphy who departed this life Apl y 4 1779 aged 78 ys: also the body of Elinor C'allaghan his wife who departed this life Feby 2 1776 aged 70 parent(s)? to the undernamed Michl; here lieth the body of Michael Murphy who dept this life February the ... AD: also the body of John Murphy his son who departed this life Janry ye 27th 1784 aged 23 years.|
|In memory of John McAnulty of Anamar who departed this life on the 4th Novr 1832 aged 67 years,. also his beloved wife Catherine McAnulty who departed this life on the 9th Novr 1861 aged 95 years; also his brother. Peter McAnulty who departed this life on the 3rd March 1792 aged 39 years; and his nephew Charles Quin of Cullyhanna who departed this life on the 29th Jan. 1860 aged 69 years: this tomb has been erected by his son the Revd Thos J. McAnulty; RIPA.|
|115||McDonnell||IHS: Here lyeth the body of Roger McDonnell of Carnally who departed this life December the 29th 1794 aged 74 years,. also the body of Nancy McDonald eldest daughter of Fris McDonald of Carnally who departed this life the 30th of June 1809 aged 16 years.
(04 in "Inscriptions in Creggan Graveyard")
This headstone is a memorial to members of the McDonneell/McDonald family, Carnally. These McDonnells were the owners of the plot of ground on which Carnally House was built.
|117||Byrne||Here lieth ... Patrick Byrne ... this life ... 1791 ... Dublin? ...|
|118||Devlin||Pray for the souls of the Devlin family Tullydonnell. R.I.P.|
|119||Foster||Here lieth the body of Hugh Foster of Carnally who departed this life March 19th (?) aged 75 years; also his son Terence who departed this life ... aged... years; also Anne Foster wife of the aforesaid Hugh Foster who departed this life Dec.... aged 93 years.|
|120||Begley||IHS; In memory of Eleanor Begly who departed this life 26 of Augst 1820 aged 80 years; also her husband Patrick Begley who departed this life the 9th of February 1828 aged 90 years; (this monument was erected as a tribute of filial love by their affectionate son Thomas Begley who departed this life the 2nd of Novr 1830 aged 37 years; RIPA.|
|121||Begley||IHS; Here lieth the body of Terence Begley who departed this life the 25th day of January, 1807 aged 30 years.|
|122||Murtaugh||IHS. Here lyeth the bodv of Dennis Murtaugh late of Conlon who deprtd this life Febry, the 20th 1790 aged 49 years; also the body of his brother Patk who depd Feby the 26th 1790 aged 66 years; erected by Bryan Murtaugh.|
|Erected by Robert Condell in memory of his grandmother Abigail A Stokes died 19th Sept 1891 aged 75 years and his daughter Abigail A V Condell died 15th Oct 1907 aged 6 3/4 years.|
|124||Murray||I.H.S; In loving memory Murray Cregganbane R.I.P.|
|125||Kelly||I.H.S. Erected by Bryan Kelly in memory of his father Terence Kelly of Lurgancullenbuoy who departed this life March the 2nd 1827 aged 69 years.|
|126||Murphy||Erected by Daniel Murphy of Cregganduff in memory of his son Patk Murphy ho departed this life Septrthe 2nd 1818 aged 29 years.|
|127||Murphy||In loving memory of the Murphy family Cregganduff. R.I.P. Erected by Francis Murphy.|
|128||Garvey||IHS Here lyeth the body of James Garvey of Tullydonnell who departed this life July the 12th 1784 aged 66 years, also his daughter Elizabeth Garvey ... who departed this life ... pril ... aged ...
Pray for the souls of James Garvey, Tullydonnell who died 12th July 1784 aged 66 years and his daughter Elizabeth Garvey who died ]2th April 1793 aged 25 and his grandson Michael Garvey Tullydonnell who died 28th July 1895 aged 65 years.
|129||Stone Building||No Inscription
The squat stone building in the centre of Creggan graveyard always attracts attention and the inevitable question, "What is it?", always follows. In "Armagh Clergy and Parishes", in 1911, Rev. J. B. Leslie wrote: ". . . There is in the centre of the churchyard, an old stone house, with stone roof, said by some to be the old burial place of the Eastwood family, and by others to have been an old watch-house erected, as we find them in Scotland, to guard against corpse stealers. . .". However, it is now generally accepted that the stone building is in fact the Eastwood family vault. Inside Creggan Church there is a plaque which reads: "In her family vault near this church lie the remains of Mary, wife of the Revd. Gervais Tinley, Rector of Faughart and Master of the Endowed Classical School of Dundalk, eldest sister of Frans. Eastwood Esqr. of Killencool Castle, and of the Revd. Wm. Eastwood, Rector of Kilscoran and Chancellor of the Diocese of Ferns. She died on the 28th day of Novr. 1815 aged 58 years. Her affectionate husband who inscribes this tablet to her memory forbears to fill it with superfluous praise or useless lamentations, yet justice to her merits requires him to inform posterity that she exhibited in every period of her life such purity of mind, benevolence of heart and pious resignation to the will of the Supreme Being, during a most painfull and long protracted illness, that her whole conduct as a Christian justly entitles her to universal approbation, imitation and love. In the same vault also lie the remains of her much respected mother Mrs. Jane Eastwood, and likewise of her nephew Frans. Matilda Eastwood, an amiable youth of eighteen"
Further information about the Eastwoods can be found in the following articles in the Journals of the Creggan Local History Society-
Issue No 7 - 1994/95: "In Searh of the Eastwoods" by Len Gourd
In "Creggan - A Celtic Christian Site" published by the Creggan Local History Society in 1996, Dr Geraldine Carville concluded that the stone building was, in fact, an early celtic church likely to be linked with St Jarlath Mac Tréana, the 3rd Bishop of Armagh who was a local man and disciple of St Patrick himself.
|130||Barr||Erected by Minnie Kelly, in loving memory of her mother Mary Barr who died 26th May 1917 aged 82 years; On whose soul sweet Jesus have mercy; RIP|
|131||Stitt||Here lieth the body of John Stitt of Freeduff who departed this life the 15th day September ... aged 88(?) 82(?) years; also the body of his wife Letitia (.?) Stitt who departed this life the 18 (?) 28(?) day of April 1776 aged. . . years.|
|132||Gordon||... 17 April ... departed this ... aged (?) 26 years; also Ann Gordon who departed this life June the 22nd 1854 aged 15 years.|
|133||Doran||Here lieth the body of Patrick Doran late of Kilty (?) an wh dep this life March ... also his wife Catherine ... departed ... 1761 aged ... April ...|
|134||Graham||IHS; Here lieth the body of Peter Graham eldest son of Arthur Graham of Cregganduff who departed this life July the 30th 1809 aged 25 years.|
|135||Lennan||GIED; IHS; Erected by Bry and Edw Lennan in memory of their mother Catherine Caffery of Corliss who departed this life July the 29th 1826 aged 52 years; RIPA.|
|136||McKeown||In loving memory of McKeown family Cornonagh; RIP.|
|138||McIver||IHS; Of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of John McIver MD of Ardee who died on the 12th of August 1875 aged 45 years; and also of his son Joseph J McIver (solicitor) who died 4th Octr 1905 aged 36 years and of his wife Mary Theresa McIver who died 19th Octr 1914 aged 79 years; RIP,..
(On back) Of your charity pray for the repose of the souls of Terence McIver of Carnally who died on the 11th of January 1874 and his wife Bridget who died on the 12th of May 1854; parents of John McIver MD of Ardee; also their children Mary and Terence all whose remains are underneath interred,- RIP.
(07 in "Inscriptions in Creggan Graveyard')
This headstone, inscribed on both sides, is a memorial to Dr. John McIver, Ardee, and to other members of his family who lived at Ardee and Carnally. In "Seanchas Ardmhacha", in 1972, Cardinal Tomas O'Fiaich wrote: "The later descendants of this family have spelled the surname both MacIvor and MacKeever. The medical tradition must go back a long way in the family as An Doctuir MacIomhair is mentioned in Seamus MacCuarta's poem on Peggy Markey's ale house at Drumbilla in the early 18th century. The Doctor was evidently a well-known 'Character' and some quatrains in an Art Bennet ms. in St. Patrick's College, Armagh, are attributed to him. . ." Bridget McIver was a sister of Fr. Michael Lennon, P.P. of Upper Creggan from 1829 to 1871. Buried here also are the parents of Fr. Nicholas Mclvor, P.P. of Forkhill from 1790 to 1827.
|139||McBride||Erected by Hugh McBride of Clarnagh in memory of his daughter ... lley who departed this life December 1829 aged ... ; also Mary McBride who departed this life Feb 1831(?) aged 21 years.|
|140||Muckien||HIS; Erected by deceased Sarah Jane Muckian in memory of her parents Bernard and Catherine Muckian; also her brothers and sisters Patrick, Thomas, Francis, Bridget, Mary, Ann, Susan,. RIP.|
|141||Lenaghan||IHS.. Erected by Margaret Lenaghan of New York daughter to Francis Lenaghan of Claranagh in memory of her brother Michael who died on the 15th April 1867 aged 24 yrs; also in memory of her grandfather Peter Lenaghan who died 18th March 1836 aged 77 yrs; also her uncle Patrick Lenaghan who died 13th March 1861 aged 80 yrs; May they rest in peace. Amen.|
|142||Lenaghan||Erected by, the Revd Peter Lenaghan PP of Beantown America in memory of his father Michael Lenaghan who departed this life Jan 61h 1840 aged 50 years; his mother Elizabeth Lenaghan who departed this life Feby 9th 1856 aged 69 years; also his nephew Michael Lenaghan who departed this life Feby 16th 1866 aged 25 years; his brother Thomas Lenaghan died Jany 27th 1879 aged 58 years and Alice wife Q/ Thomas died 2]st May 1885 aged 61; his nephew Owen died 4th July 1890 aged 29 years. RIP.|
|143||McGarran||AD 1831; Erected by Patt McGarran of Umeracam in memory of his father James McGarran who departed this life the 7th of June 1801 aged 74 years.|
|144||Warner||RIP. Alex Warner Church St. Newry.|
|145||Donnelly||Donnelly, Tullyvallen (No headstone)|
|146||Burns||Burns, Dorsey (No headstone)|
|147||Short||Short, Dorsey (No headstone)|
|Here lies the body of Thomas Lavel of Lurgan who departed this life May the 25 1786 aged 38 years; also his father Felix Lavel who departed this life January the 17 1792 aged 80 years; also Nancy McCuoy wife of said Felix who departed this life February 15 1807 aged 89 years.|
|At W. Wall||Garland||I.H.S.; Here lies the body of Mary Garland who departed this life A D 1823 aged 21 years; also her father Martin Garland of NT Hamilton who died AD 1825 aged 56 years.|
|At E. Wall||Mac a Liondan||Oraid ar anam Phadraig mhic A Liondain file ar Fheadha a adhlacadh sa chill seo mi na Marta 1733. R.I.P.
A prayer for the soul of Patrick Mc a Liondain poet of the Fews buried in this graveyard March 1733 R.I.P.
Plaque erected by Eigse Oirialla 1987*
* Installed by Jem and Bryan Murphy, Silverbridge
This plaque, erected by Eigse Oirialla arid installed by Jem arid Brian Murphy in 1987, is a memorial to Patrick Mac aLiondain, the Gaelic poet and harper. Patrick Mac aLiondain was born in Creggan parish, perhaps in the townland of Lisleitrim(?), around 1666. Not much is known about him but it appears that he was comparatively well-off and acted as a patron to the other poets of the Fews, correcting their work and holding bardic contentions in his home. His best known poem is a lament for Eoghan Rua O'Neill. He died in 1733 and was buried in Creggan graveyard. No stone marks his grave and the actual spot is unknown.