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Craughaun Graveyard
© 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
© 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
© 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.

 New Section of Killeen Graveyard
© Killeen graveyard
Killeen graveyard - Old Section

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

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.

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