Headstones: Timolin Cemetery

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File contributed by: Dale Ivens D. I., spacey at westnet.com.au



The cemetery has a ruin on it with a small round tower. I
found the entrance which was overgrown with brambles
and was able to climb the circular stairs to the top
where I was presented with a beautiful view over the
surrounding farmland. The stairs are very cramped with
room only for one person.  This is what Mario Corrigan
from Kildare Historical Society told me about the ruins:

"The ruins in Killelan are what is left of a monastery of
the Knights Hospitallers and it was built sometime
before 1212. The tower is a 15th century structure. The
church was probably no longer in use by the time of the
Civil Survey 1654-56 and presumably had suffered
during the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry
VIII. Catholics at some time in 17th century built a
chapel or mass house which served the population until
building of Moone church in 1820. Anglican church in
Timolin dates to around 1730's but again this had been a
much earlier site and close by was the site of a nunnery
established by Robert fitz Richard de Valle (Wall) Lord of
Norragh around 1200."

Inscriptions are as follows and written [including
spacings] exactly as on headstone. The "dots" are where
something was undecipherable.

" This stone was erected by ROSE KEHOE in
memory of husband ...........KEHOE
who departed this life May 28
17 [72?] Age 49 years........

Mementomori to John Keogh
.......who departed this life 29th.......
..00 [66?] aged 30 years......."

"Here lyeth the Body
of Garret Nowlan late
of Graphill who depa-
-rted this life the [?] day
of March 1763 Aged
78 years. Momentomori

Also his son Christopher Nowlan
of Corbally formally of
Knockpatrick who depareted
this life 14 March [1813?]
Aged 85 years. And John
Nowlan of Corbally who
departed this life 10 August
1825 Aged 50 years.
May those [?] ............."

The rest of the stone was buried unfortunately.

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