Cork - Churchtown (North) Churchyard

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Churchtown (North) Churchyard
    [From Mr. James Coleman.]

There are at least three places called Churchtown in the 
County Cork, one in the extreme north of the county, and two 
in the south-eastern portion of it, known as Churchtowns 
North and South. Churchtown (North) graveyard is 
picturesquely placed on a height about two miles east of 
Middleton, on the highway to Youghal. It is well named so 
far as the church is concerned, which is one of the best 
preserved of the old pre-Reformation churches in the county, 
the four walls being intact— the eastern two-light 
lancet-window, and even the piscina, near which on the south 
side is a single lancet- window. Considering how close it 
lies to the high road, it is astonishing to find it so 
little dilapidated: but the fact of there being really no 
town, but only half a dozen houses near it, may explain its 
escape so far from wanton vandalism. Rather unusual, too, 
there are not many graves, and but one headstone within the 
old church walls. The latter is still very legibly 
inscribed' :

This | stone was | erected by Catheri | ne Barry in
memory of her husband Bar | tholomew Barry who
died 29th Ye Vth | 1775 aged 60 years.

The following are selections from about fifty headstones 
here, besides two table-tombs.

Sacred | to the memory of Charles | Dunn late of
Ballyvane | who at the advanced age of 78 | years
[illegible] the 11th of May | Also to the memory of
Catherine | wife of David Dunn who departed | this
life the 12th July 1847 aged 50 years Her husband
David Dunn | of Cloyne | depearted this life the 20 Jany
1854 | agd 50 years | Here also are deposited the
remains of William Dunn of Ballyvane who died | the
15th April, 1848 | aged 58

This | stone has been erected by | Danl Croneen as a
small Trubute of his regard | and affection | to his |
beloved | wife Mary Kenefeck | who died the 6th
October | 1800 aged | 54 years.

Erected | by William Crowneen in me |mory of his son
Jno who | died June 7th 1792 | Aged 30

Erected | by Elizabeth Stanton alias Quirk | in memory
of her beloved husband William Stanton | of Broom-
field who | departed this life May 6th 1838 | Aged 58

Erected | by Mary Barry of Ballincarrig | in memory
of her husband Richard Barry | who died Sept. 29th
1821 | aged 65 years

Erected by Richard Ahern | of Ballynatray in memory
of | his wife Mary Scannell who | died June the 15th
1837 | aged 40 years

May the Lord have Mercy on | the soul of Patrick
Burke of Ballintotas who departed | this life May 12th
1812 Aged | 43 years.

Sacred | to the Memory of Thomas Connell, Ballen- towtas, 
who departed this life | 4th May 1813 | Aged 22 years.

'Ballintotis is a village about two miles to the south-east, 
near where there is an old castle of the name in tolerably 
good preservation, the top part being still accessible by a 
flight of stone stairs.'

Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the 
Memorials of the Dead in Ireland Vol. 9 - FHL # 1279285)