MONKSTOWN GRAVEYARD WALTERSTOWN, CO. MEATH
This graveyard has recently been cleaned by a working party consisting of the following persons: Mr Christy Collins, Mr Seamus Duffy, Mr Peter Austin, Mr Jim McGuirk, Mr Thomas Finnegan. They have cleared away the overgrowth of trees and briars: cleaned up the remains of the ancient church: set up fallen gravestones and removed from them moss and lichen. Finally they have set up a wooden cross against the western boundary and, over the summer season, kept the graveyard and its approaches mown. Meath Country Council has placed a new gate on the road leading to the graveyard.
This commendable parochial effect was drawn to the attention of the Chairman of the Meath branch of An Taisce, Miss Marie Fennell who felt that the older gravestones should be recorded. All inscriptions prior to 1925 have been taken down by members of An Taisce viz: Marie Fennell, Margaret Reilly and Elizabeth Hickey. They read as follows:
ALLEN – Erected by Patrick Allen in memory of his father Richard Allen who died Dec. 16th 1823 aged 50.
AUSTIN – Pray for the soul of Peter Austin of Slanduff who died 15TH Oct .1879, aged 92 years, also for the soul of his wife Judith who died Sept.6th 1895 aged 83 years and of their son Peter Auston Beechville, Beauparc who died May 2nd 1919 aged 85 years, and of his wife Catherine who died 26th May 1937 aged 83 years; and of their grandchild Geoffrey Austin who died May 18th 1842 aged 8 years. May they rest in Peace.
AUSTIN – Erected by Peter Austin of Slanduff, in memory of his father , James Austin, who dept. this life 7th Sept .1832 aged 82 years; of his mother Mary Austin who dept. this life18th Dec. 1838 aged 65 years. Pray for the soul of Thomas Austin who died 25TH Aug, 1921 aged 75 years, also for the soul of his wife Rosanna who died 23RD July 1935 aged 82 years. R. I .P.
BOYLE – In loving memory of Patrick and Elizabeth Boyle, The Glen, Garlow Cross their sons James, Thomas and John. (no date).
BRANNIGAN – This stone was erected by George Brannigan in memory of his father Darby Brannigan who departed this life April… 1780 aged 70 years.
BRIEN – Erected by the children of John Brien Athlumney in memory of their grandfather Andrew who died April 1856. Christopher who died 5th November 1879. Anne beloved wife of John who died 8th September 1885. Anne beloved wife of Andrew who died 12th May 1887. John who died 11th Sept. 1898 and Mary Anne Monaghan who died 23rd June 1903 also Margaret Brien who died April 13TH 1916 aged 69 years. Also Julia only daughter of John and Anne who died 28th June 1927 aged 45 years. Julia a daughter of Christopher son of John died April 10TH 1932 aged 3 yrs.9 mths.
BRIEN – Here lieth the body of Thomas Brien who departed this life August 10TH 1771 aged 57 yrs also his wife Alice Brien who departed this life 4TH March 1768 aged 55 yrs. This stone was erected by his son Peter Brien.
BRYAN. See Kelly.
BUTTERLY – Patrick Butterly died Jan 28th 1879 aged 75 yrs. A faithful honest man. In loving memory of Christopher Butterly (White House) who 17th June 1931. in loving
COLLINS – Erected by Christopher Collins in memory of his parents, sisters and relatives. (No date).
CAMPBELL – This stone was erected by John Campbell in memory of his father Patrick Campbell of Deanistown in the Co of Meath who departed this life March 28TH 1808 aged 57 years also to his sister Mary Campbell who departed this life Oct 2nd 1822 aged 24 years and his sister Anne Campbell who departed Oct 6th 1822 aged 17 years and also the remains of his brother James Campbell who departed this life April 8th 1825 aged 37 years.
CURTIS – Here lies the body of John Curtis Esq. of Mount Hanover in the County of Meath, also the body of his wife Martha and his son John Curtis. This tombstone was erected by his eldest son Thomas Curtis in rembrance of him, June 21st 1775.
DARBY – In loving memory of Nicholas and Mary Darby , Walterstown, their sons Christopher, John and Nicholas, their daughter Annie, Their daughter-in-law Elizabeth, Ratoath and her daughter Maureen, R.I.P. (No date).
DEMPSY – This stone was erected by Thomas, James and Richard Dempsey in memory of their deceased parents. Here lieth the body of Edwrd Dempsy of Macetown who departed this life May 1st 1763 aged 69 years, also his wife Elinor Cruise who died March 12th 1740 aged 32 years. Requisant in pace.
CURRAN – Of your charity pray for the soul of Patrick Curran who died 30th Oct. 1883 aged 76 years also his brother James who died Oct. 1878.
EVERIT – This stone was erected by Patrick Everit of Rathdreenagh in memory of his father Nicholas Everit who departed this life the 3rd of May 1792 aged 71 years also of his mother Catherine Everit, alias McGovisk. She departed this life 15th October 1792 aged 52 years. Requiscant in Pace. Amen.
FARRELL – This stone was erected by Walter Farrell in memory of his father Edward Farrell who departed this life Oct. 14th 1784 aged 60 years.
FARRELL – Erected by John Farrell, Somerville in memory of his parents Mary Farrell died 16th July 1870, Christopher Farrell died 13th March 1885 also his brothers Richard and Christopher also the above John Farrell who died July 21st 1929 aged 73 years and his son Christopher who died 1st June 1951.
FARRELL – Erected by John Farrell of Bannans? in memory of his father Chris Farrell who died 27th June 1818 aged 66 years and of his mother Christina Farrell alias Polian who died 2nd Jan.1835 aged 75 years.
FARRELL – This stone was erected by Michael Farrell in memory of his wife Margaret Gough who departed this life July 18TH 1777 aged 46 years and his daughter Alice Farrell who departed this life Jan.2nd 1796 aged 26 years. That their souls may rest in peace
FINEGAN – Erected by James Finnegan of Reaillougue in memory of his beloved son Peter who departed this life Feb 4th 1866 aged 28 years, Eugene Finegan died 17th Dec 1944, his parents Annie Finnegan died 24th Oct . 1952, her husband Patrick died 8th June 1953.
FLANAGAN – Erected by Mr Edward Flanagan of Corballis in memory of his beloved father Mr Richard Flanagan who died on the 17th March 1872 aged 81 years. Also of his beloved mother Anne who died on the 17th Sept.1860 aged 71 years. His grandfather Michael Flanagan who died in year 1848 aged 76 years, his grandmother Bridget Flannagan who died in the year 1848 aged 76 years, his uncle Patrick Flanagan who died in Decr. 1864 aged 68 years, also his wife Mary who died 16th April 1908 aged …and the above Edward who died 17th Dec.1913 aged …years, also his son Patrick who died 9th Aug.1962 aged …years.
HEARY – In loving memory of Hugh Heary died 29th November 1924 aged 17.
KIERAN – In loving memory of the Kieran family. (No date).
KELLY – Pray for the souls of Bridget Kelly Monktown died 21st May 1921 her husband Patrick, his brother William.
KELLY – In loving memory of Mary Kelly d. Jan. 12th 1941 aged 78, John Kelly d. 1943 aged 28, Anne Finnegan d. 1943 aged 24. In loving memory of Annie Kelly
(Brownstown Navan) died 23rd June 1912 aged 55 years also her husband Edward died 7TH July 1919 aged 74 years their son John died 5th July 1947 aged 60 years also his wife Kathleen died 4th Dec. 1955 aged 62 years.
KELLY and BRYAN – (This stone has two inscriptions at opposite ends). This stone was erected by William Kelly of Corboles. Here lieth the body of his father Nick Kelly, 10th of August 1743, aged 67 years also his mother and six of his children, also James Kelly who departed this life 10th Oct. 1776 aged 51 years.
Reverse inscription: This stone and burial place belongeth to William Bryan of Drogheda and his posterity where lieth the body of one of his children.
KINSALAUGH – Erected by John Kinsalaugh in memory of his father James Kinsalaugh who departed this life May 8th 1762 aged 62 years and of his son Garrett Kensalaugh who dept. Nov. 24th.1795 aged 30 years.
KINSELA – Erected by John Kinsela of Veldonstown in memory of his father Philip Kinsela who dept. this life the …
KEOGAN – In loving memory of Annie Keogan Brownstown who died Feb.2nd 1882 aged 11 years and of her mother Julia who died Oct.17th 1882 aged 38 years, also her father Michael who died 20th Jan. 1919 aged 74 years. Pray for the repose of Christopher Keogan, Dunshaughlin, died March 10th 1922 aged 41 years. R. I. P.
MADDIN – Here lieth the body of James Maddin who departed this life the 13th day of March 1733 and in the 60th year of his age, likewise Walter Maddin grandson of the above named James Maddin who departed this life in the year 1733 in the 10th year of his life, likewise Margaret Maddin … wife to the above …
MACKEN – Erected by Patck. Macken of Smithstown in memory of his father and mother also his brother John Macken who died June 1842 aged 50. Also his wife Alice who died June 1846, his son Christopher who died March 9th 1912 aged 72 years, his son Michael who died Nov. 26th 1929 aged 82 years and his wife Rose Macken died 8th Feb.1937 and their son Christopher Macken died 26th July 1974 and his wife Jane died 13th Nov. 1974 .R.I.P.
MC CABE – This … by Patrick McCabe of Drogheda in memory of his mother Margaret McCabe who died 24th Feb 1780 aged 62 years also of his children.
MC GRATH – This stone was erected by … Here lieth the body of Patrick McGrath of the … and Catherine McGrath, and Mary McGrath. (No date discernable).
MC GRATH – Here lieth … body … who departed …15th 1778 aged … of his child Mary Fay alias Magrath who departed April 24th 1757 aged 19 years also Judith Shaile … Margaret departed March 1771.
MC GRANE – In loving memory of Catherine McGrane Waterstown, died 11th June 1831 aged 52 years also Julia McGrane died 7th July 1907 aged 42 years her husband Patrick died 24th June 1942 aged 84 years his second wife Bridget died 25th May 1942 aged 84, his son Patrick died 2nd Feb.1874 aged 76 years. His daughter Mary who died 22nd Oct.1977.
MAC NAMARA – (four memorials). (1) In memory of Mary Boylan wife of Christopher Boylan and daughter of Christopher MacNamara who departed this life 2nd of Feb. 1855 aged 18 years, Briget Martin did Sept. 21st 1880 aged 78 years. Requescant in pace.
(2) Of your charity pray for the soul of Mr Christopher MacNamara of Clavenstown who departed his live on the 30th April 1864 in the 90th year of his age also for the soul of Rose MacNamara alias Farrell his wife who died on the 25th day of July 1852 in the 68th year of her age, also for the soul of their daughter Bridget who died 1st Feb.1848 aged 21 years also for the soul of Patrick MacNamara of Clavenstown who died on the 25th Feb. 1877 in the 71st year of his age, and of his wife Bridget MacNamara who died Jan 20th 1906 aged 81 years. Rosanna MacNamara died June 28th 1894 aged 49 years and of Christopher MacNamara died 3rd Sept.1909 aged 60 years. R. I. P.
(3) Erected by Joseph MacNamara, New York in memory of his beloved father Patrick MacNamara, Clavenstown who died 25th Feb. 1877 aged 71 years also his dear mother Bridget MacNamara died 20th Jan.1906 aged 92 years. His sister Rosanna died 28th June 1894 aged 49 years.
(4) Pray for the souls of Mathew MacNamara who died at Kentstown 10th Jan 1837 aged 75 years also for his wife Anne who died 13th Sept.1848 aged 80 years, their granddaughter Anne MacNamara who died 19th Oct 1866 aged 19 years, their son Patrick who died 14th July 1883 aged 86 years and his wife Catherine who died 21st Jan.1885 aged 75 years and Rose wife of Patrick MacNamara, Navan who died Dec 3rd 1900 aged 32 years.
O’CALLAGHAN – The Rev James O’Callaghan Pastor of the united parishes Kilcarn and Walterstown died November 6th 1824 in the seventieth year of his age and the thirty-sixth of his incumbency. Over his mortal remains was placed this stone as the grateful tribute of his flock to the merits and zeal of their amiable primitive (sic) charitable and pious pastor.
ROURKE – Of your charity pray for the soul of John Rourke Beauparc who died 29th Dec. 1884 at Moy Hotel Ballina aged 38 years, and the memory of Mr Denis Rourke , Beauparc who departed this life 27th July 1885 aged 86 years, also in memory of Mr Denis Rourke who died Oct 20 1885 aged 106 years. Likewise the memory of Patrick Rourke who died on 30th June 1902 and Denis Rourke who died on 25th May 1906.
SCULLY – Erected by Mathew Scully in memory of his grandparents John and Roseanne Kelly also their sons John and William. (No date).
SAGRAVE – This stone and burial place belongeth to Thomas Sagrave of Donore where lieth the remains of his father John Sagrave who died 12th March 1758 aged 50 years and the remains of his mother Jane Sagrave alias Magrath who died on 20th June 1790 aged 73 years also two of his children. Requescant in pace. Amen.
SHERRIDAN – James Sherridan of Steamstown who died July 17th 1874 aged 72 years also his wife Margaret Sherridan who died 2nd …1876 aged 66 years also Thomas Keating who died Nov 8th 1836 aged 70 years and Marcella Keating his wife who died Feb 10th 1854 aged 84 years. Erected by the children of the above James and Margaret Sherridan and grandchildren of Thomas Keating.
SMITH – Erected by Patrick Smith in memory of his son Patk. who departed this life the 3rd Feb.1828 aged 35 years also his son William who departed this life March 3rd 1848 aged 37 years. The above named Patrick Smith departed this life June 30th 1856 aged 100 years and his wife Anne January 7th 1870 aged 90 years R.I.P.
SMITH – Of your charity pray for the soul of Bridget wife of Stephen Smith of Oldtown who died the 28th Dec.1864 aged 26 years and his father Peter Smith who died the 12th June 1566 aged 56 years.
STEERS – Erected by Catherine Steers late of Tara in memory of her beloved father Mathew who departed this life Aug.2nd 1840 aged 50 years also as a monument to her parents and friends interred here.
TOBIN – Erected by Peter Tobin, New Mexico, U.S.A. in memory of his father and mother James and Bridget Tobin and his brothers John, Nicholas and James Tobin also his sisters Catherine and Margaret, also Bridget Tobin died 14th October 1938 and her husband John Tobin died 12th August 1945..
TOBIN – …… his son William Tobin who departed this life on the 20th day of November 1820 aged 21 years.
URIEL – This stone was erected by Michael Uriel of the town of Drogheda in memory of his wife Margaret Uriel departed this life the 11th April 1798 aged 28 years and the body of his mother Margaret Flinn who departed this life the 20th August 1797 aged 62 years.
WHITE. This stone was erected by Mr. James White of Tighe Street in the city of Dublin, Provision Cooper to the memory of his beloved wife Catherine daughter of Mr. John Early of Brownstown in this county who departed this life on the 21st September 1824 in the 21st year of her age deeply regretted by her numerous friends and acquaintances.