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Richardstown Co. Louth


[From James Walsh. Inscriptions prior to 1864]


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This small graveyard adjoins Richardstown Castle, the seat of Major Henry, about mid-way between Dunleer and Ardee. It is about a quarter of an acre in extent. It contains the ruins of a small church, about forty-two feet in length, by about twenty-one feet in breath. The walls are down, save the west and part of the south wall; they are constructed of very rude masonry, and are about three and a half feet thick. The Rev. Canon Leslie is his 'History of Kilsaran' states the church has been a ruin since 1641.


There are several reinscribed stones in the graveyard. I have copied all the inscriptions prior to 1864. The graveyard is still in use for burials: -



Erected AD 1814 by

Owen McCullen of Claree for

him and his posterity interred

here where lieth two of his






By Walter McCarney

in memory of his Grand

Father Patrick & Richard

His Father & Mother Elizth

McCartney and to Postety

also Edward & John

1796. May they rest in





Erected by James Hoey

of Williamstown in Memory

of Bryan Mcnaulty who

departed this life Ferbuary

1st 1800 aged 65 years




Here lieth the Body

of Laurence Mc

Connaulty who

died March the

24th 1754 aged 35

years also of Owen

McConnaulty who

died Febry 18th 1759

aged 61 years

This stone was

Ered by George


his son in 1776




This stone was Ered

here by Dennis

Loughlin of Drog

heda in Memory of

His Father George

McLoughlin who

Departed this life

the 1st of May 1782

aged 61 years




This Monument

has ben erected by

Mr. Laurence Byrne of Maine

in Memory of his beloved Mother

Mrs Anne Byrne

who died on the 14th day of Feb 1859

also his beloved Sister Catherine

who died on the 18th Novr 1863

and of his beloved uncle

Thomas Kieran

who died the 8th day of Feby 1857






Eliza Kieran


in memory of her Father

Richard Kieran

who died

January 13th 1847 aged 63 years




Erected by Mary

to the Memory of her Husband

Philip Boylan of Harristown

who died 9th April 1837

age 68 years.





Eks 1790

[Patrick Ekins]





this tombstone is interred the Mortal

Remains of Anne Ekins alias Finegan wife to

Patrick Ekins of Tubberdony who departed this

life the 1st of April 1892 aged 41 years

Underneath also be the Remains of the above

names Patrick Ekins who departed this life

the 7th November 1806 aged 69 years



Journal of the Association for the Preservation of Memorials of the Dead, Vol. XII. no. 1 (1926)


Index to Richardstown Inscriptions


Boylan Mary [8]

Boylan Philip [8]

Byrne Anne Mrs. [6]

Byrne Catherine [6]

Byrne Laurence [6]

Ekins Anne [Finegan] [10]

Ekins Patk. [9]

Ekins Patrick [10]

Hoey James [3]

Kieran Eliza [7]

Kieran Richard [7]

Kieran Thomas [6]

McCarney Edward [2]

McCarney Elizth. [2]

McCarney John [2]

McCarney Patrick [2]

McCarney Richard [2]

McCarney Walter [2]

McConnaulty George [4]

McConnaulty Laurence [4]

McConnaulty Owen [4]

McCullen Owen [1]

McLoughlin Dennis [5]

McLoughlin George [5]

McNaulty Bryan [3]


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