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Killeely graveyard
© Killeely graveyard

Also in the parish is Killeely graveyard, which is situated on the road to Parteen, across from St Lelia's church. This graveyard is now surrounded by a housing estate.

According to Spellissy, there is a man buried in the graveyard called John Meany who was believed to have fathered 89 children. In the 1960s the graveyard was used as a children's burial ground. The graveyard is the only remaining link with the parish of the same name that once extended from outside the city walls to the hills of Cratloe.

Killeely graveyard
© Killeely graveyard

It began to fall into disuse after 1884 when Mount St Laurence graveyard was opened. Space in Killeely graveyard was at a premium. People alleged that dogs were seen prowling around the graveyard in the night. Despite this, many locals still wanted to be buried in the area and thus Killeely graveyard was still in use in the early 1900s. In recent years, Limerick Corporation has cleaned up the graveyard.

The oldest headstone that we came across was dated from 1735 and was to the memory of Mary Creagh, who died on 7 February of that year at the age of 70. In the graveyard, there are a large number of headstones that are illegible to read due to the passage of time.

Memorial Stone to Sylvester O'Halloran
© Memorial Stone to Sylvester O'Halloran

Also buried in the graveyard is Sylvester O'Halloran. O'Halloran was a man of many talents; he was a surgeon, a historian, an antiquarian and a patriot. He was a native of Caherdavin, which was then in the parish of St Munchin's. In 1774 he wrote "A General History of Ireland" and followed this up with "A History of Ireland" in 1803. In the medical field, O'Halloran specialised in brain and eye surgery and developed a new method of treating cataracts. He died in 1807 and the inscription on his headstone reads "His country's honours and good name ever found him a ready and unflinching champion. Erected by the St Senan's Historical Society."

Pauper's graveyard, Killeely
© Pauper's graveyard, Killeely

There is also a pauper's graveyard, which is now called St Brigid's cemetery. A large timber cross marks the site. There are no headstones in the graveyard. This cemetery was used during the Famine as Killeely graveyard became overcrowded. Locals sometimes refer to the graveyard as the Yellow Hole. The name may have come about due to people in the area dying from yellow fever during the Famine.

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