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Athea graveyard
© Athea graveyard

There are three graveyards in the parish of Athea. The new graveyard in Athea is located near the Con Colbert Memorial Hall.

Templeathea graveyard
© Templeathea graveyard

The oldest graveyard in the parish is beside the old church in Templeathea. This graveyard is still in use and the oldest headstone that we came across is in memory of Timothy McCoy who died on December 9th, 1796 at the age of 65. There are three tombs in the graveyard; two belong to the Woulfe family while the other belongs to the Danaher family. The graveyard is well maintained.

Athea famine graveyard
© Athea famine graveyard

There is a famine graveyard about a mile outside Athea on the road to Listowel. The location of the graveyard can be identified by a clump of furze bushes, which can be seen from the roadside. On Easter Sunday 2000, Fr. O'Leary and Canon Kelly held a mass at the graveyard at 6 o'clock in the morning. Despite this early hour, around 300 people attended the mass. The mass finished just as the sun was rising over the horizon.

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