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MAGUIRE. In loving memory of Gerald Maguire died 6th April 1991 aged 60 years. His wife Noelle Frances died 6th May 1993 aged 66 years. Grandchild Claire Rachel Maguire 17th-18th November 1982. "Rest in Peace."

In loving memory of William Thomas Beacom died 17th October 1982 aged 47 years R.I.P.

In loving memory of William Eves, Gortgeerrn 22nd July 1980 aged 66 years. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Lawrence Nugent, Feddans died 8th June 1985 aged 64 years. "Rest in Peace."

In loving memory of Anthony Keys, Kesh, died 19th September 1993 aged 47 years. Rest in Peace. "Gone from our home but not from our hearts."

Erected in memory of Ann Keown who died July 8th 1889 aged 63 years. By her son James Keown died Jan 18th 1910 aged 58 years. R.I.P.

In memory of George and Anne Mc Caffrey. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Mary Anne Maguire, Glendurragh Park, died Aug 1988 aged 65. R.I.P.

MORRIS (nothing else)

Erected by Sergt Dolan R.I.C. Kesh in memory of Frances Rose Dolan who died 5th Oct 1897 aged 10 years. Martha died 4th Sept 1897 aged 8 months. Thomas died 23rd March 1898 aged 3 years. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Dan Cullen died 19th Aug 1979 aged 71 years Alphonsus (Fonty) Cullen died 16th December 1989 aged 75 years Margaret Thomas nee Cullen died 21st Nov 1991 aged 88 years. R.I.P.

Mc MULLAN. In loving memory of Monica died 18th October 1991 aged 55.

In Memoriam. James Mc Elrone, Bannagh died 14th of October 1987 aged 72 years.

In loving memory of Ellen Kearns, Boa Island, died 19th October 1972. Rest in Peace. Always remembered by family in Manchester and Birmingham.

In loving memory of Charles Sheridan, Kesh died 10th Nov 1972.His wife Mary died 6th Feb 1986. R.I.P.

Our Lady of Lourdes pray for the repose of the soul of Frank Gallagher, Ednamohill who died 8th Dec 1983. R.I.P.

SLEVIN (nothing else).

In loving memory of our dear mother Sarah Taggart died 5th April 1969 aged 54 years. Her brother Thomas Simpson died 18th May 19 1975 aged 57 years. Her grandson baby Rodney James Brogan died 25th September 1977. R.I.P.

Pray for the souls of Catherine Jane Mc Cabe, Ardshankill, Boa Island, who died 8th October 1968. Her brother Francis who died 15th April 1972 and brother John who died 21st March 1975. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Isabella Monaghan died 9th April 1969 also John Monaghan who died 15th February 1990.

In loving memory of James Mc Grory, Drumard died 19th Feb 1963 aged 78 years. His wife Mary Ellen died 20th Nov. 1977 aged 87 years. R.I.P. Erected by their son, Michael.

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on the soul of William James Keown, Drumgowna died 7th March 1963. His wife Margaret Jane died 18th April 1986 aged 87. Their son John James died 31st July 1989 aged 59 years. R.I.P.

PLACE (Nothing else)

In loving memory of William and Margaret Flynn, Kesh and their daughter Sarah died 10th May 1965. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Joseph P. Eves died 6th Dec 1981 aged 70 years. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Anne Elliott, Drumiagh, died 2nd Sept 1914 aged 80. Also her brother James died 25th Jan 1915 aged 74. Elizabeth Elliott died 20th July 1953. John Elliott died 29th December 1961. Both died at Drumoyagh, Kesh. Erected by their sister Margaret. R.I.P.

In loving memory of A. J. Nugent, N.T. died 16th July 1919 aged 62 years and his wife, Mary Anne, who died August 5th 1930 aged 71 years. Also their sons Patrick died 23rd March 1942. Joseph died 8th Dec 1971. His wife Margaret died 21 March 1974. R.I.P.

NOBLE (nothing else)

In loving memory of Mary E. O'Connor died 9th Jan 1970 aged 56 yrs. Her husband William died 27th March 1992 aged 82 yrs.

In loving memory of David Mc Anern died 19th July 1982 aged 13 years. "What a friend we have in Heaven." R.I.P.

In loving memory of a dear mother Mrs Margaret Doherty who died Nov 1943 and a devoted sister Mary Cairns who died 26th January 1977. R.I.P.

In loving memory of William Mc Farland died 23rd Feb 1993 aged 88 years. Also his children Dympna, John, Eileen and Thomas who died in infancy. R.I.P.

In memory of John Hackett died 20th Aug 1934.

EVES. Gortgeeran and Ederney. In loving memory of Mary Anne, Joseph, their son James, daughters Catherine, Josephine. Rest in Peace.

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on the soul of Patrick Eves, Kesh who died 31 Dec 1953 aged 79 years. His wife Jane died 11th October 1973. R.I.P. Erected by his wife Jane. [Owner of Eves' Pub in Kesh]

In loving memory of Rose Scallon, Boa Island died 30th April 1974. Her husband George died 10th April 1978. R.I.P.

In loving memory of John Baird, Kesh died 27th July 1980 aged 62 years. R.I.P. Erected by his wife and family.

Of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of Very Rev Patrick Mc Carney P.P. Blackbog 1927-1950 who died 19th Nov 1950 in the 49th year of his priesthood. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Brian Cunningham N.T. New Street Ederney died 17th Aug 1964 aged 49. His wife May died 13th May 1973 aged 55 years. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Mary Anne Walmsley died 3rd August 1964 aged 74 years. Her son James died 8th Feb 1969 aged 37 years. Her grandson Sean died 29th April 1972 aged 4 years. R.I.P.

Pray for the souls of Joseph Maguire and his beloved wife Mary Alicia. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Thomas O'Donnell.

In memory of Michael Monaghan died Dec 1947. Wife Catherine died Jan 1963. Mary died Aug 1970. Hugh died Mar 1973. Michael Monaghan died 28th Nov 1975. My Jesus Mercy.

Pray for the soul of Catherine Gillespie died 5th March 1969 and her husband James died 9th May 1982. R.I.P.

Pray for William Keown, Portinode died 18th Sept 1963. His wife Mary Agnes died 16th May 1969. R.I.P.

KEOWN In loving memory of a devoted husband and father Brendan died 15th June 1992. His loving daughter Jacqueline died 3rd November 1973 aged 10 years. Rest in Peace.

Catherine Mc Carney, Spa House, died 9th December 1941. Requesciat in Pace. Amen.

In Memoriam, James M. Eves New Street Ederney died 29th June 1971. His wife Rose Anne died 4th Nov 1977. R.I.P.

Roisin Gilroy nee Cunningham died 3rd February 1999 aged 49. Rest in Peace

In loving memory of Mary Mc Garrity who died 9th Nov 1943 aged 60 years. Her husband Patrick died 13th Jan 1946 aged 80 years. Their daughter Annie Mary died 8th March 1920 aged 20 years. Their son Hugh died 31st Jan 1959 aged 55 years. Patrick died 25th Feb 1984 aged 74 years. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Anne Jane and John Cullen their brother Hugh his wife Mary their daughter Elizabeth. R.I.P. CULLEN. ROSCULBAN.

Pray for John Mc Cabe, Boa Island, died 18th Jan 1938. His wife Brigid died 25th Sept 1945. Their children Edward died 10th Jan 1969. Mary died 27th Dec 1971. Vincent died 14th June 1981. R.I.P.

Pray for the soul of Thomas Maguire, Boa Island, his wife Catherine and their niece Margaret Mc Hugh and their son Patrick Maguire and their son Thomas and their son Vincent. R.I.P. (On another stone on the grave.) Thomas died 1939. Catherine died 1940. Margaret died 1964. Patrick died 1978.

In loving memory of Denis O'Connor died 21st March 1935. James O'Connor died 26th July 1986. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Thomas Gallagher, Bannagh died 29th March 1944 aged 69 years. His wife Mary A. died 26th Dec 1969 aged 87 years. R.I.P.

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on the souls of Joseph Devlin who died December 1934 aged 40 years. His wife Brigid died 26th Nov 1970. R.I.P.

"Jesus Mercy Mary Help." Pray for Edward Gallagher, Portinode died 21st Dec 1944. His wife Mary Anne died 13th Dec 1924 and son John died 5th Dec 1973 aged 78 years. His wife Annie died 27th Apr 1976 aged 78 years. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Philip Mc Mahon, Carrickoughter, died 16th Aug 1969. His son James died in infancy. His uncle John Mc Mahon died 3rd Oct 1931. His sister Annie Mc Mahon died 2nd Nov 1933. His wife Mary died 29th September 1990 aged 89 years . R.I.P. Erected by his wife Mary.

In loving memory of Brigid Mc Gee died 31st March 1963 and daughter Mary Calgie died 16 March 1992.

Pray for the soul of Anne Scollan who died 25th July 1923 aged 70 years also her loving husband George Scollan who died 8th Feb 1938 aged 84 years and their son Edward who died 5th Feb 1959 aged 79 years. His wife Mary died 24th Dec 1982 aged 86 years. R.I.P. "On whose soul sweet Jesus have mercy."

Erected in loving memory of John Eves, Doorah who died 6th Dec 1902 aged 64 years. His wife Catherine died 21st March 1922 aged 82 years. Mary Eves, Ederney died 4th Feb 1921 aged 48 years. Jane A. Eves, Ederney died 25th Nov 1918 aged 28 years. Ellen Eves died 27th June 1937 aged 57 years. Adam Eves died 6th Aug 1950 aged 66 years. His sister Rose Anne died 4th June 1955 aged 80 years. John James Eves died 6th May 1961 aged 84 years. Cathleen Eves died 26th Dec 1966 aged 33 years. Mary Eves died 21st Aug 1973 aged 72 years. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Denis O'Connor who died on the 5th February 1971 aged 70 years and his wife Catherine who died on 19th March 1935 aged 69 years. Also Joseph O'Connor who died on 14th June 1955 aged 51 years and Mary Jane O'Connor who died on 25th July 1956 aged 56 years. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Rose O'Donnell who died on the 28th of June 1934 aged 74 years. R.I.P.

Have mercy on the souls of James and Margaret Mc Cabe who died August 1928 and 1955 and daughter Ellen who died 9th June 1966. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Elizabeth Mc Caffrey, Drumgowna who died 27th Feb 1924 aged 72 years. R.I.P. Erected by her daughter Susan, her sons Dan and Martin U.S.A.

Pray for the souls of William Eves, Carrickoughter died 3rd March 1930. His daughter Roseann died 19th November 1923. His sons John died 20th Dec 1955. William J. died 5th February 1965. Adam died 3rd April 1970. Daughter Margaret died 18th November 1971. His wife Rose died 31st January 1978 and daughter Susan died 19th February 1979. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Charles Mc Elrone, Bannagh died 1st October 1953 aged 44 years. His parents Sarah died 6th May 1957 aged 80 years. James died 7th August 1959 aged 81 years and grandmother Sarah Eves died 3rd April 1925 aged 80 years. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Bernard Doonan died 9th July 1904 aged 52 years. Also his wife Mary Anne died 23rd Feb 1925 aged 65 years. Erected by their son John. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Bernard ? Scallon, Boa Island who died Dec 4 1920. His wife Mary who died April 16 1955. Their son Edward who died Dec 18th 1963. Also their son Patrick who died May 22nd 1969. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Anthony Joseph Steele died 15th March 1969 aged 55 years. His wife Margaret Alice died 25th Dec 1971 aged 59 years. Baby Judeth Steele died 1953. Anthony Noel died 20th Dec 1975 aged 25 years and deceased members of the family. R.I.P. (On the same grave) In loving memory of our dear sister Margaret Steele died 30-10-1935 also our parents, James died 8-7-44. Sarah died 30-10-46. R.I.P.

Erected by Charles Keown and his wife Ellen of Portinode in memory of their beloved son, Constable Patrick Keown, killed Cliffoney, County Sligo 25th October 1920 aged 25 years and Charles Keown who died 22nd July 1922 aged 67 years and Ellen Keown who died 24th Decr 1924 aged 61 years. Her sons Edward died 8th Jan 1969 aged 72 years, Charles died Feb 1970 aged 77 years. R.I.P.

[Constable Keown was killed in an ambush with three other policemen near Grange while a number of others were seriously wounded. A patrol of nine had left Cliffoney Barrack and crossing towards Moneygold they were ambushed at a small wood. According to the Impartial Reporter the scene on that Monday evening was horrifying with the dead lying on the road where they had fallen and the wounded lying moaning. Three Policemen were missing.

Reprisals were expected especially as it was said that the attackers used expanding bullets (dum dums) Five houses were burned in Cliffony, a house belonging to a man called Mc Glone at Tullaghan as well as other houses along the Sligo Road especially those of known Sinn Feiners.]

In loving memory of Thomas Corrigan died 22nd March 1921 aged 64 years. His sister Mary died 3rd April 1932 aged 80 years. R.I.P. Erected by his sister Mary.

In loving memory of Margaret Maguire, Rosculban died 18th April 1918 aged 56 years. Her husband Hugh, sons Joseph, died 20th Jan 1919 aged 20 years. James died 22nd Feb 1919 aged 17 years. Also Patrick Owen Maguire died 13th May 1992 aged 65 years. R.I.P.

2867009 Private B. Mc Caffrey, Gordon Highlanders 26th December 1920 aged 22. "Eternal rest grant him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him." (died in India as a result of malaria)

In loving memory of John Maguire, Clonaweil died 23rd May 1973 aged 64 years. His wife Rose died 16 Dec 1973 aged 60 yrs. R.I.P.

Pray for the soul of Mary Theresa Mc Manus, Rosculban, Kesh died 21st May 1927. R.I.P.

Erected by Kate Gallagher U.S.A. in memory of her beloved father William Gallagher who died Dec 8th 1896 aged 74 years. Also his wife Brigid Gallagher died August 3rd 1917 aged 78 years. R.I.P.

In loving memory of Jane Doowe died July 15 1894 aged 88 ?.

To the memory of Thomas Joseph dearly beloved son of B O'Reilly, of Kesh died the 8th of April 1884.

Michael Sleavin. V.C. Unmarked grave.

Corporal Michael Sleavin, a holder of the Victoria Cross and survivor of the Indian Mutiny is buried in Bannagh. He served in the Royal Engineers.He died on the 15th of August 1902. The following is the account of his funeral which was printed in the Fermanagh Times on August 28th 1902.

The funeral of Michael Slevin V. C. whose death at the age of 76 occurred on the previous Wednesday at his residence, Dromard, near Kesh took place on Saturday 16th and was attended by several of the local gentry and a large portion of the respectable inhabitants of Kesh and the surrounding neighbourhood who, by their presence, testified their respect and esteem for the deserved hero.

Sleavin, though one of the bravest soldiers the British Army has produced for a century, was a man of the most unassuming character, never parading his deeds of fame in India or elsewhere, living very quietly on a farm on the Archdall property and whenever alluding to the heroic part he took in the taking of Jhansi, for which he received the Victoria Cross, always ended by saying, "that in doing a soldier's part he only did his duty to his Sovereign and Country."

Sleavin was enlisted for the Royal Artillery in Lowtherstown (Irvinestown) so far back as 1847. Being a mason by trade (it is said of him that at the age of 20 he had already built several houses in Kesh for the late Mr William Archdale) he was soon transferred to the Royal Engineers. He served in that Corps in Bermuda, Mauritius and in India; his entire service in the British Army extending to a period of more than 24 years.

He retired from the services in 1871 with not only a high personal character but, in possession of the India Mutiny Medal with clasp and wearing the highest distinction his Sovereign could confer on him - "For conspicuous valour in the presence of the enemy" namely the Victoria Cross. The history of his behaviour in the presence of the enemy as given by his commanding officer, for which he won the Victoria Cross is here worthy of record.

No 109 of 1858.

From Captain John Ballis, Executive Engineer, Jhansi.

TO Lieutenant J.B. Edwards, R.E. Commanding 21st Co Royal Engrs, Gwalior.

Dated Jhansi, 26th October, 1858.


I reply to your semi-official letter of the 4th inst requesting me to state the circumstances of an act of gallantry performed by Corporal Sleavin 21st Company Royal Engineers, at the capture of Jhansi, I have the honour to forward the following detailed statement for your information

On the failure of the attempt to escelade on the left attack to which I was attached as an assistant field engineer. I proceeded round to the beach and joined the column of the night attack under Brigadier Stewart which had forced its way to within a short distance of the Palace. In reaching this position the column suffered very severely from the flank fire of the Fort at a point where it had to cross a small open space at the junction of several streets, upon which the enemies matchlock men concentrated their fire.

Dr Stack H.M. 86th Regiment was killed there as I reached it, and several other officers and a number of the men had been wounded. It occurred to me that by running a rough parapet across the opening, a direct communications with breach and a safe removal of the wounded would be secured and the line of buildings thus connected would form an advanced parallel of great importance in the event of the enemy ( as was to be expected ) holding out at the front.

I pointed this out to Capt Coley the Brigade Major and he requested me to put the plan into execution immediately. I directed Corporal Sleavin, 21st Company Royal Engineers who with one or two others of the company was present with the column to commence the construction of the parapet by piling up doors and bedsteads, boxes and such other materials as were obtainable from the surrounding houses so as to afford the required cover.

He commenced at once and the enemy perceiving our intention opened a severe musketry fire upon the spot. Scarce a plank was laid without being struck and frequently perforated by bullets and from the great command the enemy had over us at less than 200 yards distance it was almost impossible to raise the parapet sufficiently to avoid exposure. A Sepoy of the 25th Bombay Native Infantry was shot through the head close to me while pushing forward materials for the sap and several others wounded and I was compelled to substitute continuous rope to carry forward a constant supply of materials to the sap.

Corp Sleavin however who was at the head of the sap and consequently much exposed, maintained his position under this heavy fire with a cool and steady determination worthy of the highest praise and he continued his work until the capture of the Palace had placed the greatest part of the town in our possession and open up a safe line of communication with the camp by the Poncha and other gateways. As there was no longer any necessity for exposing the men at the sap I directed Corporal Sleavin to withdraw and suspend the completion of the work till nightfall.

Capt Coley, Major of Brigade, 1st brigade C.I.F.F and Lieut Gossett C.E. who personally assisted in the construction of the parapet will, I have no doubt, add their testimony in support of this statement and I shall be most gratified with their aid. It may be the means for obtaining for this brave man the due recognition and reward for an act of gallantry unsurpassed, if not unequalled throughout this campaign - I have the honour to be sir,

your most obedient servant (signed)

John Baillie (Captain) Executive Engineer and Sub Assistant Engineer, Central India Field Force.

It is only right and proper to note that Dr. Stack of the 86th Regiment referred to above as having been killed, was the brother of the present day Bishop of Clogher. He was the surgeon of the regiment, a man of great height, powerful physique and a brave soldier.

When Sir Hugh Ross (afterwards Lord Strathairn) commanded the column which took Jhansi the 86th Royal Irish County Down's formed part of his force. Jhansi was defended by 20,000 rebels under the command of the famous Tantia Topee. The rebel chief advanced with his men with a view to raise the siege while Sir Hugh who was investing the place slipped a way (leaving only a few men behind) quietly on the rebels track and and coming up with them close to a river dealt them such a blow as utterly annihilated them leaving most of them dead on the river bank.

In connection with the great victory a recently published history states, "Central India, when much trouble had arisen from the brave and able Ranee or Prince of Jhansi and the very skilful General Tantia Topee, was conquered in a most brilliant campaign conducted in 1858 by Sir Hugh Ross, afterwards Lord Strathairn."

It was on Sir Hugh's return to storm the town and citadel that Dr. Stack lost his life. Several of the British troops having been wounded and trying without cover of any kind exposed to the sun and the bullets of the enemy, he set up a medical appliance behind a wall only some 4 feet high and proceeded to deal with the wounded and the other side as well as he could. His C.O. (Stuart) ordered him to retire, but Surgeon Stack refused, saying he would not leave while a single wounded man was unattended. He had got nearly through his work binding up the wounded and making the poor fellows as comfortable as he could under a heavy fire. He had dressed almost the last man and put a knapsack under his head had gone back to his supplies and handed a draught to one of his attendants to give him.

The attendant crept to the gap in the wall, came back and said, Doctor I can't do it." Dr. Stack took the cup from the attendant went over to the wall to the wounded man and was in the act of pressing the cup to the lips of the wounded man when he was shot through the heart by a piece of telegraph wire - and so ended the life of a noble soldier, a kind and skilful physician, while another Fermanagh person in the person of Mick Sleavin leads a party of brave fellows who in the face of death rescue Dr. Stack's body from mutilation by the enemy.

Had Dr. Stacks lived he, no doubt, would have been awarded the Victoria Cross. But his friends have the consolation in the thought that he died doing his duty to his fellow man, while his epitaph is indelibly written on his country's mind. Dr Stack's remains lie in Jhansi beneath a beautiful slab of white marble taken from the Ranee's Palace. Corporal Michael Sleavin was buried in Bannagh Graveyard in the Parish of Drumkeeran (Tubrid).

The mystery of Bannagh's greatness in the past is still not fully explained but enough information suggests itself that may encourage another to add to this.

Bannagh Chapel

  Contributed by John B. Cunningham

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