tSean Reilig at Homefarm

Historic Graves Recording Project 2016

Hazel Morrison

O'Flaherty Grave at the tSean Reilig, Homefarm, Moycullen.
John Tierney
Gravestone of Patrick Howard, Stonecutter, at the tSean Reilig, Homefarm, Moycullen
John Tierney

tSean Reilig recording

Our tSean Reilig project is moving along nicely – we are now registered with Historic Graves online and we hope to have the grave inscriptions uploaded very soon.

a graveyard of significant interest

During the survey, Archaeologist John Tierney mentioned the tSean Reilig is interesting for a number of reasons – perhaps most significant is the link to the old Gaelic Lordship of the O’Flaherty’s. While there was major social upheaval throughout the 1600s and the old order was largely replaced following the Confederate Wars, Cromwellian Resettlement and the Williamite wars, the O’Flaherty’s maintained a high social status as evident from the table tombs with family coat of arms on, inside the church (date approx 1750).

stone cutting of rare quality in 1700’s ireland

Another key headstone which is nationally significant is the 1741 stone for Patrick Howard, stonecutter. When looked at closely it is exceptionally beautiful and extremely well done and shows a sophistication of stone cutting which is rare for this period in Ireland.
Moycullen Historical Society have secured funding from the Dept. of The Taoiseach, through the Local Diaspora Engagement Fund, for a Graveyard and Historic Homestead project.  The Historic Graves project will cover the tSean Reilig in Homefarm, under the guidance of John Tierney of Eachtra Archaeological Projects.
The Historic Graves project is a community focused grassroots heritage project. Local community groups are trained in low-cost high-tech field survey of historic graveyards and recording of their own oral histories. They build a multi-media online record of the historic graves in their own areas and unite to form a national resource.
The Historic Homestead Project will be complete in 2018.
This page was added on 22/11/2016.

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