Arles Church Headstones Inscriptions
- The Grace coat-of-arms appears on
the opposite gable over the door as follows: The Motto is "En
Grace Affie" which means "On Grace Depend" followed by a lion for
Grace and a boar's head for Sheffield - S.G. 1818 The shield is in
four sections as follows: A lion for Grace, twelve crosses for
Windsor, 3 scallop shells for Butler Lord Dunboyne and three wheat
sheaves for Sheffield.
Immediately below the shield is the
motto: "Concordant Nomine Facta" which means
"our name personifies
our deeds". Below this again at the very bottom of the coat of
arms is the name of the sculptor "Richd. Dowling, Sculpt.
- On the road-side wall of the Mausoleum are two commemorative
plaques which originally would have been laid flat over the graves
of the deceased:
Rev. James Bray
Bray - Beneath is
deposited the body of Rev. James Bray, Pastor of Arles, having
ruled this parish with generous charity and was Priest here for
nine years. He calmly passed away on the 5th of February 1870 aged
57 years of his age. Sustained by the blessed hope which takes
from death victory and from the grave it's sting.
Grace - Here lies the
body of Mrs. Mary Grace, late wife of Oliver Grace Esqr. who
departed this life the 14th. of Novr. 1765 in the 55 year of her
age. Also the body of Oliver
Gracefield Esqr. who departed this life the 24th. of August 1781
in the 77th. year of his age. May they rest in peace. Amen.
On the lower wall of the mausoleum are
the following two inscriptions:
Grace - Here lyes
the body of Oliver Grace late of Shanganagh Esqr. who departed
this life the 8th day of June 1708 and in the 74th year of his
age. Infra virtutes sed supra conspici nonen concordant blando
nomini facta viri integer atque pins sponsae sobolique benignus
candidus in cunctos spontete reomotus erat.
Grace - I. H. S.
Here lyes the body of Mrs. Mary Grace, late wife of Michael Grace
- "She was religious without
ostentation, pious without hypocrisy, friendly without flattery,
to the district a support, to the orphans a mother. In her life
attended with many blessings, in her death with many tears. She
was faithful to her husband, tender to her children, forgiving to
her enemies. O passenger ! how soon shalt thou resemble her in her
mortal part God knows ! Do thou labour to resemble her in that
which is immortal."
- She liv'd, she dy'd, she ran the happy race, she won the
glorious prize immortal peace. She dy'd Novber. the 28th Anno Dom.
1736 in ye 55 year of her age. Jacobus Ward, Sculptor.
- A commemoration tablet inside the door of Arles Church reads:
Here lies the body of Madam Frances Walker, widdow to Colonel
Thomas Dalzell and late wife unto Mr. John Grace who departed this
life the 26th. of July in the five and thirtieth year of her age
and in the year of our Lord 1709.
- Qui vagus obsevrum fidei sectaris, ad
urnam francescae accedae inspice lumen habes in tumulo lucet
eunctes quo luxit in orbe lumen et aetherea lucet in arce deo.
Other commemoration tablets erected
inside Arles Church are as follows:
lyeth the body of Arthvr Bambrick Gent, who dyed in the 40 year of
his age ye 15th of Agvst Anno Domini 1712.
Byrne - Pray for
the soul of Very Rev. Albert G. Byrne, Ordained 1908. Parish
Priest of Arles from 1941-1963.
Coughlan - Pray
for Rev. Fr. Michael Coughlan P.P. ordained Priest 27th September
1936 died 8th June 1980. He came as a witness to speak for the
light. John 1:7. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.
Deady - Near the
entrance gates of Arles Church on the right hand side, is a Statue
to the Blessed Virgin Mary, erected the Marian year 1987 in memory
of Fr. Donal Deady C.C. Arles 1970-1984 who died on the 8th
December 1986 in Mombasa, Kenya. The statue is encased in a shrine
built with cut limestone, in keeping with the stonework of the
Dempsey - In your
charity say one Hail Mary to the Sacred Heart Of Jesus for the
happy repose of the soul of Reverend James Dempsey, Ordained 14th
August 1870, who ministered for many years in Carlow-Graigue and
spent the last 19 years of his life as Pastor of Arles. Died 25th
Doran. - Erected
in memory of the late Rev. James Doran, who departed this life on
the 9th January 1845 aged 40 years. Requiescant in Pace.
- Flemming - Here
lieth the body of the Rev. Michael Flemming who departed this life
the 30th day of January 1823, aged 30 years. May he rest in peace.
- Near the wall of the Mausoleum closest to
the main road are the following:
Keating - Here
lieth the body of the Revd. William Keating who departed this life
November ye 12th 1755, aged 74. Requiescant in Pace. Amen.
Here lyeth the body of the Revd. Willm. Keating who died Novr.
12th 1764, aged 44 years. Requiescant in Pace. Amen.
Lawlor - Here lie
the remains of Very Rev. Jeremiah Lawlor P.P. of Killabane and
Penmy of the diocese of Kildare & Leighlin. Learned, pious, meek
and distinguished during life. He died poor and lamented as a
father by a grateful people over whom he presided for 28 years.
Born in 1754, he departed this life on the 1st January 1821, in
the 66th year of his age. May he rest in peace.
Lawlor - I H S
Here lieth the body of the Revd. Patrick Lawlor who departed this
life Jany. the 14th 1773, aged 35 years.
Moore - Here lyeth
the body of the Revd. Bryan Moore who departed this life August
1746. Aged ? years.
Murphy - Here lie
interred the remains of the Revd. Patrick Murphy Parish Priest of
Castle Carberry, County Kildare who departed this life the 27 of
March 1794, aged 52 years. May he rest in peace.
Murray - Pray for
the souls of Very Rev. John Murray P.P. of Arles, who deeply
regretted by his faithful flock and numerous friends, died on Good
Friday 1918 in his 60th year of his age, the 33rd of his Sacred
Ministry and the 10th of his pastoral. Pie Jesu One Dona Ei
- Nowlan - Also ye
Revd. Felix Nowlan of Ratow, County Carlow. depd. this life August
ye 31st 1794, aged 42. Lord have mercy on their souls. Amen.
Erected in grateful remembrance of the Rev. Henry O'Neill, whose
mortal remains are deposited in this Church. Zealous and fervent
in the discharge uf his duties, he honoured his ministry and in a
short space fulfilled a long time- He died on the 12th July 1876
in the 38th year of his age and the 14th of
his Sacred Ministry. May he rest in peace.
- Taaffe - Here
lyeth the body of the Revd. James Taaffe who departed this life ye
10th of Feby 1763, aged 35. Requiescant in Pace. Amen.
Taaffe - Here also
lieth the body of ye Rev. Wilm. Taaffe P.P. in this Parish who
departed this life ye 17 of April 1766 in the 66th year of his
age. Requiescant in Pace. Amen.
Here lieth the body of the Revd. James Wall who departed this life
April the 27th 1771, aged 29 years. Requiescant in Pace. Amen.
- Watson - Heare
lyeth the bodey of Ann Watson wife to Arthvr Bambrick of Shehanagh
who dyed the 19th of December 1692 aged 67 years.
- More recent gravestone inscriptions to
Priests near the entrance door to Arles Church are the following.
- Sourse: Paul
Redmond N.T. & Gravestone Inscriptions 1997
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