The Clare Roots Society
In its ongoing activity of recording gravestone
inscriptions in Clare, the Society undertook the work in Feenagh Cemetery,
Sixmilebridge in May 2010. The work was handled by Eric &
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.
The Society produced a map showing that there were about 50 graves to
be recorded and photographed.
Parish of Feenagh
The Parish of Feenagh in the Barony of Bunratty Lower and south-eastern
part of the Co. of Clare, is bounded on the north by Kilmurry, south
by Kilfintan, east by Kilfeenaghta and Kilfintanan and west by Bunratty,
Dromline and Toomfinlough Parishes. See Field Name Book.
The Irish form of the name of this Parish is Fiodhnach, pronounced
Feenagh, and means nothing more than the Woody Place, being of the
same origin with Fiodhnach of Moy-Rein in the Co. of Leitrim.
There is no recollection or monument of a Patron Saint in this Parish
unless a Holy Well dedicated to St. Mochuille of Tulla and situated
in the Townland of Rathmore about a mile south of the old Church of
Feenagh, might have some connection with him.
The old Church of Feenagh in the Townland of that name measures fifty
feet in length and eighteen feet in breadth. The east gable is down
to the ground but the other parts remain in good preservation. The
west gable has nothing in it worthy of notice. There is a semicircular
doorway in the south side fifteen feet from the west gable, measuring
seven feet in height and four feet two inches in breadth on the inside;
five feet six inches in height and two feet five inches in breath
on the outside, where it is built up of well cut lime stones. There
is a window in the same side within four feet of the east end, measuring
three feet in height and four feet three inches in breadth on the
inside where it is quadrangular, and three feet from the present level
of the ground; on the outside it measures three feet in height and
five inches in breadth, pointed at top.
The side walls are about twelve feet in height and three and a half
feet in thickness, built of large rough stones laid in irregular courses;
the angles built up of cut stones. There is a small burying ground
attached to the Church.
(Ordnance Survey Letters by John O'Donovan and Eugene Curry)
Feenagh cemetery is well maintained. Some
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 and date from 1717. They number about 62 and there
are almost 100 in unidentified stone grave –markers. 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 over the cemetery are rough stones marking the graves of deceased
persons. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org