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Gartan Graveyard
County Donegal, Ireland

Contributed by Lindel [lbuckle@ihug.co.nz]. Total records = 107. Visit her County Donegal website for more research information.

The following is an extract from an archeological survey of County Donegal that was carried out in 1983 in Churchtown : this early ecclesiastical site at Gartan is the reputed birthplace of Colmcille, the greatest of the Donegal Saints. It presently consists of a complex of sites in and around a graveyard enclosed by a modern stone wall.

Within the graveyard are a number of grave markers and the remains of a structure known as the 'Abbey'. The surviving walls have been much interfered with and in places are obscured. An ashlar quoin occurs in the SW corner. The walls are composed of mortared outer blocks with a core of small stones. There are a number of gaps in the S wall. The remains of a badly preserved cross stands about 20m S of the graveyard. The arms of this cross are also only barely perceptible. A heap of loose stones lie against the S base of the cross. The stones are connected with a turas or pilgrimage performed at the site.

Just SW of the graveyard is the St Columcilles Chapel. This is probably the chapel described in 1622 as being in repair and having a thatched roof. Apparently in use in 1810, the E gable and upper part of the E window fell during a storm at the end of the century.

It was subsequently repaired; the missing jamb fragments of the W door and window in the S wall were replaced with modern concrete. The ruin is a simple, rubble-built rectangular church with ashlar quoins. The complex of sites is located on pasture land sloping towards Lough Akibbon.

Thanks to the Donegal County Library in Letterkenny for most of the inscriptions, and Ellen Rowan Taylor for searching through the Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead 1905 for me, and turning up five more inscriptions. Ellen is looking for ROWAN some place in Northern Ireland - if you can help her, you can email Ellen at ert@fwi.com.

I also have the grave numbers and plan of the cemetery, so if anyone requires any further info, please email me.

WASSON
In loving memory of
JOSEPH
Died 8th Dec. 1977 aged 81 years
SAMUEL
Died 22nd Feb. 1958 aged 46 years
WILLIAM
Died 6th March 1986 aged 84 years
ELIZABETH
Died 28th Aug. 1989 aged 73 years
The day thou gavest Lord is ended

In loving memory of
DAN GALLAGHER LACKNACOO
Died 15th Aug. 1917
His wife SUSAN
Died 23rd May 1950
BRIDGET
Died 22nd Nov. 1984
CHARLIE
Died 17th Sept. 1986
ISABEL
Died 24th Oct. 1986
DAN
Died 1st May 1990
Rest in Peace
(Sculptor: J Daly)

Sacred heart of Jesus
Have mercy on the soul Of
DAN KELLY
Ballybuninaber
Died 3rd July 1975 aged 85 years
His wife BRIDGET KELLY
Died 26th April 1983 aged 82 years
R.I.P.
Erected by his wife and family
KELLY
(Sculptor: T McCaul)

I.H.S.
Erected by MARY GALLAGHER
In memory of her uncle JAMES O DONNELL
Who departed this life 5th April 1826
Aged 35 years
Requiescat in peace

I.H.S.
Erected by MARY GALLAGHER
In memory of
Her beloved mother
GRACE O DONNELL
Who departed this life
April 30th 1830 aged 43 years

In loving memory of
JOHN and ----- CONNAGHAN
LOSSETT
CONNAGHAN


In Loving Memory of
PATRICK MC MONAGLE
Cornacullion
Died 7th May 1983, aged 73 years
His brother EDWARD
Died 14th May 1987, aged 82 years.
Rest in Peace

In Loving Memory of
JOHN O'DONNELL
Cornacullion
Died 23-1-1912, aged 73 years
His wife MARGARET
Died 30-7-1947, aged 78 years
Their Son JOHN
Died 10-5-1971, aged 80 years
R.I.P.

In Loving Memory of
ANNIE BOYLE
Glascon, Glendowan
Died 19th October, 1988
R.I.P.

In Loving Memory of
WILLIAM DOHERTY
Who died 22nd June 1899, aged 66 years
Also his wife SOPHIA O'DONNELL
Who died 27th Jany. 1905, aged 64 years
And their daughter BRIDGET
Who died 1st August 1874, aged 1 year
Also their son WILLIAM
Who died 17th Dec. 1934, aged 65 years
Also his wife ANN
Who died 22nd Dec. 1954, aged 80 years
Marian Year
Their son COLM
Died 6th June 1969
His Uncle JAMES
Died 2nd June 1969
SOPHIA DOHERTY
Died 27th June 1986
R.I.P.
Erected by Family

Kerre Family

In memory of
JOHN MC GEADY
And CATHERINE MC GEADY
Loughaskerry
Both died 2nd January 1910
Erected by their nephew Andrew F Gallagher
Philadelphia U.S.A.

In Loving memory of
MICHAEL DUGGAN
Lossett
Died 26th Jan. 1951
JEAN DUGGAN, Died 2nd Feb. 1960
R.I.P.
Erected by their loving family

In Loving memory of
CHARLES BRENNAN
Glendowan
Died 30th Oct. 1974
R.I.P.

In Loving Memory of
MICHAEL SWEENEY
Glendowan
Died Feb. 1914
His wife MARY died April 1958
Their sons JOHN, died Jan. 1941
JAMES died 11th Nov. 1982
Daughter BRIDGET, died Feb. 1953
R.I.P.

In Memory of
NEAL GALLAGHER
Gurtin
Died 31st Oct. 1919
NEAL died 12th May 1953
MARY died 31st Jan. 1955
EDDIE died 29th Jan. 1963
ANDY died 17th Dec. 1971

In Loving Memory of
STEPHEN O'DONNELL
Died 9th Nov. 1937, aged 92 years
R.I.P.
In Loving memory
Of
TED O'DONNELL
1902-1987

In Loving Memory of
PATRICK O'DONNELL
Whitehill
Died 14th Jan 1979
Aged 68 years
Also his wife FRANCES
Died 3rd Nov 1985
Aged 79 years
Erected by Wife and Family
O'DONNELL

This Tomb was erected by Manus O'Donnell
Over his father EDWARD O'DONNELL
Who departed this life March 17th 1773,
Aged 79 years
And also in memory of
MANUS O'DONNELL
Who departed this life August the 6th 1844,
Aged 86 years

I H S
This Tomb was erected by Manus O'Donnell
For his son EDWARD O'DONNELL
Who departed this life Oct the 1st 1814
Aged 21 years
To Memory of the deceased members of the
O'DONNELL CLAN
Derryveigh, Coldrum, Cashleennan
Are buried here 1970
R.I.P.

I H S
BERNARD DOHERTY
Departed this life July the 14th 1862
Aged 60 years

In Loving memory of
EDWARD BRADLEY
Ballybunanaber
Who died 1st December 1918, aged 69 years
Also their son WILLIE
Who died 28th November 1918, aged 28 years

Erected by their son
Ambrose Sweeney
In Loving Memory of
MYLES SWEENEY, Glenfin
Died 4th Jany 1852, aged 60 years
Also his wife KATE SWEENEY
Died 25th Dec 1895, aged 90 years
Their son EDWARD SWEENEY
Died 8th Sept 1902, aged 40 years
In Loving memory of the above
AMBROSE SWEENEY
Died 25th Oct 1907, aged 83 years

In Loving Memory of
?
Ammy McCafferty
Died 2nd May ----

In Loving Memory of
BRIDGET MC CAFFERTY
Knocknabollin
Who departed this life 2nd August 1910
Aged 72 years
On Whose soul sweet Jesus have mercy
R.I.P.

Go noeanaid Dia Trocair
As MANUS O DOMNAILL
A fuair bas ar an 8ad la de Mi an Aibreain 1919
71 blaiona daoir
As Neans a ceile a fuair bas
12ad Feabra 1912, 82 blaiona daoir
Agus ar a bpaisti MAIRE
A fuair bas 26-2-1949
Agus SEAMUS os Cnoc na bPollan
A fuair bas 4-7-1955

In Loving Memory
HUGH GALLAGHER
Of Loughaskerry
Died 14th Sept 1903, aged 86 years
His wife BRIDGET
Died 15th Aug 1904 aged 85 years
Erected by their loving daughter Anne
R.I.P.

BABY CROSSAN

In Loving Memory of
WILLIAM DOOHAN
Of Derryveagh
Died 22nd December 1895
And his wife JANE
Died 24th April 1919
Also their daughter ANN JANE
BERNARD DOOHAN
Died 20th June 1949
PATRICK DOOHAN
Died 20th June 1938
His brother JAMES
Died 13th June 1945
Erected by their sons
In Loving Memory of
WILLIAM DOOHAN
Carrowtrasna
Died 20th October 1978
R.I.P.
Erected by his Wife

In Loving Memory of
ANNIE DOHERTY
Nee Annie Connaghan
Tirargus
Who died 3rd Oct 1943
Her Husband JAMES
Died 17th Oct 1971, aged 89 years
O Most Compassionate Lord Jesus
Grant Them Eternal Rest
R.I.P.

In Loving Memory of
THOMAS BRENNAN who died
The 5th January 1948
Erected by Mrs Catherine Brennan
(Sculptor: J Mc Monagle)

Thy Will Be Done
In Loving Memory of
SALLY BOYLE
Kilmore
Died 31st January, 1968
Aged 49 years
May her soul rest in peace.
Erected by her Husband and Family

In Loving Memory of
CATHERINE BOYLE
Died 17th December 1901
Aged 39 years
CHARLES BOYLE
Died 21st August 1949, aged 87 years
R.I.P.

I H S
In Loving Memory of
FRANKIE DOHERTY
Lennon View House, Churchill, Co. Donegal
Who died on 10th December 1955 aged 191/2
R.I.P.
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his Soul

Thy Will Be Done
In Loving Memory of
DAN GALLAGHER
Died 17th Sept 1917
His wife CATHERINE
Died 11th July 1918
HUGH GALLAGHER
Died 29th Jan 1953
His wife GRACE
Died 29th Oct 1962
His son CHARLES JOSEPH
Died 6th Dec 1967
DANIEL P GALLAGHER
Died 16th July 1978

I H S
In Loving Memory of
PATRICK BOYLE
Drumsallagh, Glendowan
Who died 25th March 1943
Aged 29 years
R.I.P.

Sacred Heart of Jesus
Have mercy on the soul of
ROSE GALLAGHER
Glendowanbeg
Who died 24th July 1945, aged 62 years
Her husband CHARLES GALLAGHER
Who died 1st Dec 1954, aged 77 years

In Loving Memory of
WILLIAM GALLAGHER
Who died 20th Sept 1940
Aged 72 years
ROSE ELLEN GALLAGHER
Who died 16th Nov 1977
PATRICK GALLAGHER
Who died 30th Nov 1980
R.I.P.
Sweet Jesus have Mercy

In Loving Memory of
JOHN
Son of Daniel and Ellen Mc Laughlin
Who died at sea June 1922
Aged 10 years

In Loving Memory of
A dear Husband and Father
JIM MARLEY
Died 20th March 1984
Rest in Peace

Sacred Heart of Jesus
Have mercy on the Soul of
JOSEPH MC TEAGUE
Glendowan
Who died 22nd Jan 1960
Aged 56 years
Erected by his Loving Family
R.I.P.
MC TEAGUE

In Loving Memory of
JAMES GALLAGHER
Died 29th June 1949
Aged 78 years
His wife BRIDGET
Died 15th March 1967

In Loving Memory of
EDWARD SWEENEY
Glendowan
Died 3 Nov 1976, aged 80 years
His sister GRACE
Died 25 Oct 1973, aged 83 years
SWEENEY

This stone was erected by James Wilkin
In Memory of his son WM. WILKIN
Who departed this life Feb the 11th 1838, aged 21 years

Erected by William Forrest of Wilmington America
In Loving Memory of his parents
SAMUEL and BARBARA FORREST
Whose remains are deposited here
The former born in this Parish in the year 1780 died 1856
The latter born 1782 died 1854
I am the resurrection and the life. John xvi 25

Here Lie the Remains of
NEAL MC TEAGUE
Who departed this life March the 17th AD 1856 aged 66 years
Also the remains of his daughter
MARGARET
Who departed this life October the 14th AD 1843 aged 28 years
Requiescat in peace

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