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CLONES, Co. Monaghan

by Dr. Patrick Mulligan and Theo McMahon

"In this issue of Clogher Record we present the headstone inscriptions from Clones (The Round Tower and Abbey Graveyards), Co. Monaghan and St. Tierney’s R.C. Graveyard, Roslea, Co. Fermanagh. The parish of Roslea was cut-off from the medieval parish of Clones, shortly before 1800 (see CR, 1983, p.227). It was around this time that the graveyard was opened in Roslea and began to be used by families who had previously buried their dead at Clones. Much has been written about the antiquities of the Clones graveyards but this is the first time that the inscriptions have been fully recorded. Maps of each burial place are added, with location numbers relating to the inscribed stones that are still extant and readable. At the head of each listing there is an Index of Inscriptions. We have retained the same abbreviations as used in past recording vis: d= ‘departed this life or died’; m= ‘in memory of’ and By= Erected by. Other comments are added in parenthesis.

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Clones Abbey



"Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths commenced in January 1864. However up until 1900 registration of deaths was somewhat haphazard and so the headstone inscription may be the only existing record of a death. This date then of 1900 is used as the cut-off date in our listing. There is an exception in the recording of section ‘B’ at Roslea where many clerical deaths are recorded and these are retained in full for the information of our readers. It is a pity that some old headstones have been removed from their original positions and left lying at boundary walls.

"We wish to thank Miss Carmel Meehan, Innishammon, Co. Monaghan who has prepared the plans for the graveyard."


There are over 310 death & burial records in Clones. The records include Clones Round Tower, Abbey Graveyard and other references about individuals from contributors.  There are 136 unique surnames:

Banan, Betty, Boyle, Branan, Breen, Brogan, Burns, Cadden, Callahan, Campbell, Cassidy, Ciskly, Clancey, Clark, Clerkin, Cliferty, Clifford, Collins, Conely, Conlan, Conlon, Connelly, Connolly, Conoley, Conoly, Corigan, Cosgrove, Courtney, Cross, Cugly, Cunningham, Dickson, Donaghy, Donnelly, Donovan, Doonegan, Drummon, Dugan, Finigan, Finnigan, Flin, Gilgun, Goodwin, Gorman, Greenan, Gun, Harny, Hastings, Haughey, Heaney, Herbert, Higgins, Higons, Huse, Kane, Kearn, Kernan, Kieran, Killen, Killin, Leary, Lenard, Magennis, Maguire, Martin, McCabe, McCaffery, McCanna, McCarney, McCarran, McCarron, McCiue---, McClelland, McClosky, McCollin, McCormick, McCullin, McDermond, McDermot, McDermott, McDonald, McDonnell, McElroy, McEnroe, McGovern, McGuire, McHugh, McKeaney, McKeany, McKenna, McKernan, McMahon, McManus, McNabb, Moligan, Monaghan, Moore, Moros, Morris, Muligan, Mulligan, Murphy, Murray, Murry, Myers, Nawn, Neeson, Nichol, Nolan, O'Bryan, O'Conner, O'Manly, O'Neill, O'Reilly, Patton, Phairs, Plunket, Porterfield, Quigly, Reilly, Reily, Roony, Runy, Slowey, Small, Smith, Smyth, Sweeny, Treacy, Ursin, Urson, Veldin, White, Wind, Winter

If one of the surnames above is the one you're looking for you can now go to the Deaths & Burials Search and type your chosen surname in the Surname box and enter "Clones" in the Place box.  The results will show you all deaths and burials with that surname in Clones.

This article and the inscriptions included in the database have been reproduced from the Clogher Record who retain copyright of this material.