Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Ballynacally Parish Graveyards Transcription Project
Members of Ballynacally ICA handing over the Ballynacally Graveyards Transcription Project to Clare County Library. L-R: Maureen Corbett; Mary Hester; Teresa Carmody-O’Shea, Staff Officer, Clare County Library; Mary Hill; Mary Hogan; Mary Rynne.
Some years ago, a group of volunteers from Ballynacally I.C.A. took on the project of transcribing and publishing details of the gravestones and burial plots in three graveyards in Ballynacally Parish - those of Kilchreest, Clondegad and Killea. The three graveyards combined contain over seven hundred headstones with burials from a wide area. The Heritage Council provided financial support through its grants scheme. P.J. Carmody of Clare County Council assisted with the map making and aerial photographs. At Killea Graveyard the group was assisted by Martin O’Sullivan whose help was invaluable. The undertaking took five years and a published book of the transcription has been produced and is available to buy from Mary Hester at 065 6832210 or Mary Hill at 065 6838463. The transcriptions have been donated to Clare County Library to add to the list of transcribed graveyards on the library website. To date, inscriptions from over thirty Clare graveyards have been donated and all of these are available on the library website, many with accompanying photographs. Making these elusive records available is an invaluable aid to genealogists and family historians searching for their ancestors.