Cemetery: Glenarm Churchyard Memorials - O'DONNELL

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Contributed by C. Hunt


ANTRIM	Glenarm Churchyard.
[From the " Ulster Journal of Archaeology," vol. xiii, p. 149.]

'Mr. F.J. Bigger, in an article on the Rev. HUGH O'DONNELL, P.P.,
describes how the first chapel in Belfast was erected by him, and
completed in May, 1784. Father O'Donnell died in 1814, and was
buried in the churchyard, beside the ruins of the old Franciscan
Friary at Glenarm. Mr. Bigger gives the inscription on the O'Donnell
headstone thus':-

Here Lieth the Body of BERNARD O'DONNELL who Departed this Life 11 Feb.
1790 Aged 45 Years. Also the Body of ROGER O'DONNELL who Departed this
Life 31 July 1794 Aged 57 Years. Also the Body of his Spouse ELEANOR
O'DONNELL Alias MAGILL who Departed this life 17 July 1745 Aged 60 Years.
Also on the 1st Jan: 1814 the Body of the Revd HUGH O'DONNELL aged 75 yrs
who was Parish Priest of Belfast during 44 years Closed is the hand that
often gave relief And cold the Heart that beat to each Mans grief.


Also the Body of HUGH O'DONNELL Junr died 14th July 1817 aged 18 years Also his
Father RODGER O'DONNELL who died the (?10) of March 1820 aged 68 years.
ROSELLA O'DONNELL Wife to ROGER O'DONNELL who departed this life

[The remainder is under ground.]

'At the top of the stone are sculptured the O'DONNELL crest and coat-of-arms;
the latter is :-  Or, issuing from the sinister side of a shield an arm fessways
vested azure, holding in the hand a passion cross gules. 'The crest is :- Two arms
bent and counter-crossed, issuing from a coronet; one hand holds a heart, and the
other a sword transfixing a (?) boar's head. 'Motto :- " In hoc signo vinces." '

Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the
Dead in Ireland. Vol VII, FHL# 1279254