Cemeteries & Graveyards

Graveyards

Inscriptions on headstones, are a most useful source for family history or tracing  genealogy. Many old cemeteries are often located next to churches, which could indicate that departed relative or friends attended church here or in very close proximity to this area.

This church or a place of worship nearby may hold birth, marriage, or death information. In many cases more than one family member may be buried in the same grave and the inscriptions provided can lead the investigator down further avenues in their research.

Gravestones may give clues about military service, a persons occupation and even state where other immediate family members died and are buried. In some cases inscriptions even give more information than a Death Certificate, a Parish Church Register or indeed Census Records.

St.Mary’s Churchyard Thurles

St. Mary’s Graveyard, [Map Ref.] in Thurles, is situated at the end of St. Mary’s Avenue, beside St. Mary’s Famine Museum.  Earliest visible memorial stone here is 1520, however it is fully accepted that burials took place in this area much earlier than this date, since a church has existed on this site since the late 12th century.
Grave Inscriptions In St.Mary’s Churchyard

Killinan Graveyard Thurles

Killinan graveyard, [Map Ref.] here in Thurles, is where visitors will find interred the bodies of many of the ‘Sporting Greats,’ from victorious Tipperary GAA Hurling Teams of the past.
Gravestone Inscriptions In Killinan Graveyard

Upperchurch Graveyard Tipperary

Upperchurch Graveyard [Map Ref.] is situated in the townsland of Cappaleigh in the County of Tipperary. Upperchurch is part of the ancestral home of those with the surnames O’Dwyer and O’Ryan / Ryan. If visitors have known ancestors that are from Upperchurch / Drombane and the surrounding areas, help is readily available to assist in tracing both your original homestead and your genealogy, by simply telephoning or e-mailing the local Upperchurch Visitor Information Office.  Tel: 00353 (0)87 6076838. Email: upperrural@gmail.com

Gravestone Inscriptions In Upperchurch Graveyard

12 Responses to Cemeteries & Graveyards

  1. Anne Dalton says:

    I am looking for any information about my Great great grandfather, Edmond Dalton who married Mary Lloyd. He was born in Tipperary Ireland. Nenagh was given as his birth place. His son Edmond Dalton born 1833 came to Australia and died 20 Jan 1908 in Benalla Victoria. Another son Michael Dalton eventually went to America. I cannot find a birth, marriage or death certificate for Edmund Dalton. I am looking for the grave of Edmond Dalton and his wife Mary Lloyd hopefully in Tipperary.

    • Mick says:

      Civil Registration only began in Ireland in 1864. You’ll have to try Church records in Nenagh for the information you want and it’s sketchy at best.

      • Anne Dalton says:

        Thanks so much Mick for answering my query. I have contacted the very gracious Parish Secretary of Nenagh and she found many Edmond Daltons and a few Mary Lloyds but no trace of any relationship between them. I’m well aware now how diffic ult it is to find official records especially in Tipperary. That’s why finding their grave is the only hope of gaining some information about two people whom we have really grown to love here in Australia. Perhaps there is still someone who knows where Edmond and Mary Dalton (nee Lloyd) are buried in Tipperary.

  2. Clare woodhams says:

    I am trying to trace my great great grandad. Patrick woodhams born 1877 about. He is linked to Thurles Tipperary Ireland. I’m told his father was a British solider and his mother died during child birth and they were not married. Stories say his was raised by a farmer and a wild child. Can anyone help please. Thanks.

  3. Myriam Scott says:

    I would like to find out more about Killenave Cemetery, where is this situated. I am researching a Harty family who are interred there.

  4. John Ralston says:

    I am looking for information about Thomas Letsome Moten (1800-1879) and his family who lived in Cullahill Lane I’m not sure whether it is in Roscrea or Bourney and they attended the old St Patricks Roman Catholic Church in Couragunneen, where generations of Motens were baptised, and interred in the adjoining church yard. The names of these Motens on the gravestones would be extremely helpful. The name Moten intrigues me as he was my mothers Great Great Great Grandfather and her surname was Morton. This is due to her Great Great Grand father Michael Morton who is Thomas’s son and his brother was John Letsome Moten who became Murten then he went back to Moten when he landed in Tasmania. I live in Queensland Australia so cannot go there myself. I cannot find a website which goes back past the early 1800s or has any information about how the name Moten came into existence as it was only found in use in Roscrea in the early 1800s.
    I am also interested in the Letsome part of the name. On his family chart which is not very informative gives it as App. Letsome in his occupations box.
    John

  5. Patricia Carthy says:

    My grandmother and other family members are buried in the famine graveyard. Her name was Mary Ellen Carthy (née Casy). I am trying to find some cousins in Tipperary. Can you help me please?.

  6. Myriam Scott says:

    I would like to find out if there are any transcripts of headstones in Templederry Old Cem. I am tracing Dwyer families from Currabaha, Fantane and Grangelough

  7. J J BLACKBURN says:

    I am writing regarding the death of Thomas Walsh pm 29th July 1848 outside the widow Mc Cormack’s house, at Ballingarry, (the War House) during the Young Irelander Rebellion.
    Is there a headstone for him in a local cemetery and are there any records there with information about his family?
    My curiosity is aroused as my Great-Great- Grand-mother, Margaret Walsh, a house servant, left Ballingarry, Tipperary at the age of 14, on board the “New Liverpool” which arrived in Australia in August 1849. Given the long transit times, I suspect she left Ireland soon after the uprising and am wondering whether she was related to Thomas Walsh, one of the two men killed during the uprising.
    My internet research has revealed a lot about the leaders, but very little about the men who died during the rebellion other than their names.
    I understand the leaders were offered a considerable amount of ongoing (international) support and wonder whether the men who died were looked after in any way, or just written off as passing casualties. I guess I am hoping that someone did raise headstones in their honour, even though I understand their families would have been facing considerable financial hardship.
    Naturally I would be most grateful for any information which can be provided.
    If there is a link between Thomas Walsh’s family and Australia I would be happy to continue research from this end and travel to photograph headstones for his Australian relarives.
    Best Regards,
    J J Blackburn
    21-08 28-03-2016

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