© Craughaun Graveyard - New Section
In the graveyard in Craughaun, there was a wedge tomb called
the Ballinphunta dolmen. Due to the extension of the graveyard, the tomb
was excavated in 1990 by a group led by Brian Hodkinson. However, they
only found pieces of modern pottery. FÁS workers erected a replica
of this tomb in the new section of the graveyard.
© Dolmen in Craughaun Graveyard
There is a vault to the Blood family in the graveyard dating
from 1738. Robert Maghlin was buried in the vault in this year. The ruins
of the old church are also in the graveyard. Fr Frost was buried in the
church in 1768. Inside the church there is a tomb to the Carmody family
that is dated 1739. This tomb was reconstructed in 1843.
© Craughaun graveyard - Old Section
Before the 15th century, the MacNamara clan was buried here.
According to James Frost's "History & Topographical of the County
of Clare", there was a headstone dated 1705 to the memory of Joannes
Orent. We found no trace of this headstone.
© Killeen graveyard
Killeen graveyard is just outside the village of Sixmilebridge
on the road to Cratloe. This graveyard is also known as Killavoher. The
oldest headstone that we found was from the 1920s but on further investigation,
we uncovered a number of older flagstones in the ground between the more
recent graves. These flagstones were weather beaten and quite difficult
to read. Several were almost completely overgrown. The oldest flagstone
we came across was in memory of John McNamara who died on July 3rd 1729/89
at the age of 38.
© Kilfintinan graveyard
Kilfintinan graveyard is a small graveyard situated on the
roadside on the way to Gallows Hill. The graveyard is kept in good condition.
The graveyard was also the burial place of children and strangers
There were a number of other graveyards that we came across in our research.
Kilcredaunnadober, in the townland of Cratloe Mór, was a burial
place for unbaptised children.