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Corrovorrin Graveyard, Ennis: Transcription Project


The Clare Roots Society

In its ongoing activity of recording gravestone inscriptions in Clare, the Society undertook the work in Corrovorrin Cemetery, Ennis in March 2010. A group of volunteers came forward:

• Larry Brennan
• Michael Falvey
• Eric & Breda Shaw
• Frank Barry
• Olive Paradis & Kathleen Ryan
• Jennifer Morgan
• John Bradley
• Donal Fitzpatrick
• Mary & Gerry McMahon

Based on the experiences of the Society in undertaking similar work in Drumcliff, Killone, Clare Abbey and other local cemeteries, an agreed template for recording the inscriptions was decided upon and work commenced. Mr. Joe Cahill of Complete Site Services carried out a topographical survey of the graveyard and produced a map showing that there were over 190 graves to be recorded and photographed.

Corrovorrin is a small graveyard surrounded by a rubble stone wall and has an attractive entrance and stile. The gravestones date from the early 1800s.

This cemetery is maintained and only a few broken headstones were noted. Many fine examples of stone-cutting were found particularly on the recumbent tombstones, with ornate decoration and lettering. Most of the stones were of local limestone. The volunteers gave second opinions to each other on the interpretation of the wordings and some of the volunteers went back again and again to view the lettering in different lighting conditions. A number of the stones have fallen forward concealing the inscriptions. It is hoped that these will be reset.

That work has now been completed and it is hoped that the findings will be of interest to the local community and to genealogists locally and much further afield. Scattered all over the cemetery are rough stones marking the graves of deceased persons. There is evidence of further recumbent stones that lie beneath the surface but it was beyond the brief of Clare Roots Society to tackle these. Clare Roots Society wishes to record its gratitude to those volunteers who undertook the work.

The correct copying of inscriptions from old gravestones is fraught with difficulties. It is inevitable that mistakes will occur. While every effort has been made to record the individual gravestones as accurately as possible, Clare Roots Society wishes to apologise to any individual or family whose family records are recorded in error. Should any family or individual become aware of errors to these records, please contact

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Corrovorrin Graveyard, Ennis