Gravestone inscriptions

Graveyard Inscriptions

Another opportunity to trace family history is the inspection of family gravestones. While some are easy to read, others have weathered poorly.

Local volunteers have provided a great service in recent years, in the work of reading, collecting data about and, in cases, photographing gravestones in Ennis and Clarecastle.  Clare County Library kindly hosts much of this work so it is accessible to the general public.

The graveyard inscriptions for Old Clarehill Graveyard, Clarecastle, were recorded by members of the Clare Roots Society. They are available HERE on available on the website of Clare Library (Old Clarehill Graveyard Headstone Transcriptions. 1743 to 2007, Clareabbey Parish)

Clarehill Graveyard (2) is an extension of Old Clarehill Graveyard, located beside it. A third, newer graveyard, is situated c. 1km SW of these graveyards. Graveyard inscriptions from 1942 – 2012 are available HERE

Clarehill Graveyard (3) is a new Graveyard in Clarecastle village. Inscriptions from 1977 – 2011 are available HERE



The gravestone inscriptions and photographs of Killow Graveyard were recorded by Frank Barry of the Clare Roots Society over a number of years.  Now available at the Clare library website HERE  (Killow Graveyard Headstone Transcriptions .1700 – 2008)


The gravestone inscriptions for Killone Graveyard are HERE.  Killone Abbey Graveyard lies 5km southwest of Ennis town. The graveyard is attached to Killone Abbey, founded for nuns by Donald O’Brien, King of Limerick in 1190.  (Complete as of February 2009: all legible headstones included. 1707 to 2008. From Killone, Clareabbey and Drumcliff Parishes).



The graveyard inscriptions for Clare Abbey, Ennis are also available HERE. These gravestone transcriptions of Clare Abbey Graveyard were recorded by Eric and Breeda Shaw, of the Clare Roots Society, in July 2008. Many of the gravestones are old, dating from the late 1600s, and have weathered greatly from the time of the last recording, done in the early 1900s by the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead.  (1692 – 2008, all legible headstones included).


Ballyea Graveyard is situated 5 miles south west of Ennis, off the Ballynacally road. Ballyea Graveyard Headstone Transcriptions from 1942 – 2010 covering areas like Ballyea, Darragh, Tiermaclane, Island Avanna, and Lismulbreeda are also available HERE


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