Cork - Ballyspillane Churchyard

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File contributed by:  C. Hunt & G. Sexton

  [From Mr. James Coleman]

This secluded churchyard lies a little below a cross-roads 
about three miles north-east of Midleton Railway Station.  
Though seemingly seldom used, it was quite free from weeds; 
whilst the aged trees by which it is overshadowed gave it a 
singularly calm, cool, and reposeful air on the very hot 
August day I visited it.  There are but a few graves, and 
fewer headstones, and not a vestige that I could see of the 
old church that must have stood here.  The Spillanes, from 
whom the name is derived, are still represented in the 
neighbourhood, and have their burial-ground here.  The 
following form about half the number of inscriptions to be 
seen, the remainder being either recut, or the headstones so 
much ivy- grown as to prevent them being read:-

Erected | by Patrick Spellane | of Glentannacaus | in
memory of his son | Maurice Spellane | who depd this
life June 4, 1842 | Aged 23 years.

This is the Burying | Place of David Quirk & Family |
He died ye 17 | of April 1768 aged 57 years.

This is the Burial Place of | James Hennessy and
Family | Here lyeth the body of his wife | Honora who
departed this life | July 2nd  1830 aged 62 years.

Here lieth the | Body of Darby Rohan who | Departed
this | Life August 27th | 1802 Aged 75 | years. May &c.

This Stone was Erected | by John Millerick in memory
of his wife | Margaret Millerick died 8th the 15th 1785
Aged | 59 years | their daughter Elizabeth died Aged
        [Remainder covered up.]

Here lieth the | Body of | Mary Connell | Departed
this | Life May 27 | 1753 | Agd 40 yrs.  May &c.

Erected | by Margaret Mead in | Memory of her
husband | John Mead who died Decbr the 12, 1795 Aged
55 years | May, &c.

Here | Lies the Body of | David Glasheen | who
Departed this Life the 15 | Day of August 1782 Aged
27 | years.  May. &c.

Here | lieth the Body of John Powel | who | Died ye 8th
of Novr 1765 aged | 40 (?) years.

Erected | by Michael Malley | of Kyle formerly of
Ballysimon | in Memory of his sister Mary | who died
Novr 23 | 1884 | aged 65 years.

Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the 
Memorials of the Dead in Ireland Vol IX. (FHL # 1279285)