Cork - Kilgullane Churchyard Memorials

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    (From James Buckley)

This parish is situate between two and three miles to the 
West of Mitchelstown, and, for the most part, lies in the 
Barony of Condons and Clongibbons.  A considerable portion 
of the very Interesting and somewhat uncommon ancient church 
still exists. The inscriptions here are comparatively 
modern, and the oldest but one records the death of a 

Here lies ye body of CATHERINE CONDON who died March
ye 31st 1768 Aged 34 years.  Requiescat in Pace.

Here Lyeth | the body of | THOMAS LYNE | of Cloun-
akilty | who departed this life Sep | the 22d 1747
Aged 110 years | Requiescat in Pace | Amen.

(* James)

Erectd by IAMES | LYNE  in Memory | of his Son DANIEL
Died Octobr  9th 1788 | Aged 25 yrs | May he rest in |
Pace | Amen | The above IAMES LYNE desd | May 7th
1802 Aged 64 years.

This stone was erected by ANDREW  CASEY  in Memory
Of his Wife CATHERINE CONDON Who died ye 10th Octobr
1778 Aged 24 years. May she rest in peace.

Erected by DAVID TOBIN of Cloughlefin in Memory of
His Daughter MARY TOBIN Departed this life October 7th
1837 Aged 17 years.

Erected by JOHN  TOBIN  of Cloughlefin* in Memory of his 
Brother MARTIN TOBIN who dep’d this life Sept 15th 1841 Aged 
29 yrs.
(*efin in small letter..uncertain if that is what is meant)

‘The following particulars of a most appalling occurrence in 
the townland of Furrough, near Kilbehenny, some four miles 
east of Mitchelstown, are taken from the Dublin Evening Post 
of the 17th February, 1816:
"Mitchelstown, Feb 12: A most melancholy event took place 
yesterday morning near this town. A farmer of some 
respectability in the neighbourhood, whose daughter was 
married the previous night, invited a number of his friends, 
&c to the wedding. After supper all the young people retired 
to a large barn to dance. There was a fire in the barn, as 
the night was cold;, and, after they had been dancing for 
some time, they wished to have the fire extin- guished, when 
one of the young men went into the dwelling house for some 
water, and seeing a large jug full of water, as he supposed 
(but it proved to be spirits), brought it into the barn and 
threw it on the fire. The barn immediately took fire, as it 
had no chimney; before the door, which was locked, could be 
opened, dreadful to relate, a number of them were burned to 
ashes! and such as found their way out were miserably 
scorched. Sixteen have been already interred, and about 
twice that number are despaired of: among the latter number 
is the bride--the bridegroom is severely scorched, but he 
will recover. A young gentleman who has just come from the 
melancholy scene says he never saw such a dreadful 
sight--men and women lying on the outside of the ruins so 
disfigured that their parents could not even recognize 
them!! The uncle of the young man who was married and his 
daughter are among the dead. They have not got all the 
bodies from under the ruins yet, but from every account it 
is supposed that about 20 persons were burned to death.’

Cork Mercantile Chronicle---'Further particulars of the 
melancholy effects of the fire at Mitchelstown, mentioned in 
the Dublin Evening Post of 17th inst.-
"Mitchelstown, Feb 14: Since my last I have learned the 
following particulars. I omitted to inform you that the name 
of the farmer was CHAMBERLAINE; his young son, a man of the 
name of BRONOGUE, his eldest son and daughter, with two more 
of that name; a young man of the name NOONAN, an only son; a 
young woman of the name CAVENAGH; two young sisters of the 
name CLANCY; and two more females of the name MAHONY, one of 
whom was to have been married on the Sunday following, were 
burned to ashes. Several beggars, who generally attend at 
country weddings, were also burned. I have just heard that 
four persons who were injured by the fire have died in 
consequence. I understand that there are no hopes of the 
recovery of four more. A poor blind female fiddler lost her 
life; her little daughter who was an attendant on her made 
her escape, but was very much injured. From the appearance 
of the ruins and the bones found, it is generally 
conjectured that from 25 to 30 have perished, besides those 
who have died since. It is impossible to describe the state 
of distraction of the parents and relatives in endeavouring 
to discover some remnant of the remains of the unfortunate 
The ashes of the girls MAHONY, whose relatives still reside 
in the locality, were conveyed thither for interment; and 
two large headstones, bearing the following inscriptions, 
were raised, side by side, to their memory: 

WILLIAM MAHONEY of Ballylough Erected this in Memory
Of his daughter MARGARET who died Feby 11th 1816 Aged
20 years. May her soul rest in peace. Am’n

Erected by WILLIAM MAHONEY of Ballylough in Memory
Of his daughter MARY MAHONEY She died Feby 11th 1816
Aged 22 years. May her soul rest in peace. Amen.

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