IN GALOON CEMETERY
by Francis Fizpatrick
Clogher Record, 1980, pg 264-268
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cemetery contains only three tombstones and thirty six headstones.
In addition there are some unlettered stones, some broken ones and
a few that are buried. The inscriptions are recorded in rows with
the first row running left to right of the gate entrance.
CARVING AND CROSS FRAGMENTS, GALOON
"Sculptured headstones in Galoon cemetery as well
as those in Drumully and Donagh have carved on the reverse,
sometimes in relief, symbols of the skull and crossed-bones, bell,
hourglass and coffin. The bell was the usual method of telling or
announcing the death. The hourglass reminds us that time passes
for us all. The coffin represents the resting place of the body
within the grave and replaced the system of uncoffined burials of
earlier times. The skull and crossed-bones remind us starkly of
man’s mortality. In her Images of Stone (Belfast, 1976,
p. 97) Helen Hickey states:
In the east part of Fermanagh, at Pubble,
Aghalurcher and Galoon, the stone-carvers produced a very
distinctive type of grave-slab bearing the emblems of man’s
mortality---skull, crossed bones, san-timer, bell and coffin.
"Galoon Cemetery has two interesting cross shafts
again described by Helen Hickey in her work, Images of Stone,
...it is noteworthy that the Galoon cross
fragments, which are roughly contemporary with the White Island
statues, indicate a marked interest in depicting scenes from the
life of David. On the east cross two of the scenes have been
identified as David and Jonathan, and the anointing of David. the
anointing is also shown on the west cross as well as an
illustration of David breaking the jaws of the lion. St. Anthony
appears on the east cross accompanied by St. Paul.
"These same crosses are dealt with in great detail
by the late Lady Dorothy Lowry-Corry, in her article " The
Sculptured Crosses of Galoon" in The Journal of Royal
Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Dublin, 1934, Vol., LXIV,
Part II, (vol. iv, seventh series), pp 166-176.
"The numbers in the footnotes which follow refer to
the numeration of the inscription:
03) This Reilly tombstone commemorates the
antecedents of the Reilly’s of the Lanesboro Arms Hotel,
Newtownbutler, and are mentioned in the Catholic Qualification
Rolls Index, CR. 1959, p. 548.
09) Patrick Donegan who is buried here was father
of John Donegan, who was a watchmaker and jeweller in Dublin. In
1858 when the church in Newtownbutler was undergoing repairs,
under the then Adm., Rev. Patrick Traynor, he donated a bell for
the newly erected church tower. In 1858 John Donegan presented a
chalice to Rev. James Clarke on his return to the parish. The
inscription reading, ‘Presented by John Donegan, Dame St.
Dublin, to Rev. James Clarke P.P. Drumully, 1860.’ "There
were three herenachs of these lands (Galoon), viz., McDonegan, O’Carberie
and McGillachoyle," McKenna, Parishes of Clogher, vol ii, p.
122, and Livingstone, The Fermanagh Story, p. 426. the Rev.
Philip Donegan P.P. Tempo 1867-1873, was a brother of Patrick and
John Donegan who erected this headstone, cf., McKenna, Parishes
of Clogher, vol.ii, p. 272.
21) Rev. Bernard Casey is recorded in ‘Clogherici,
A dictionary of the Catholic Clergy of the Diocese of Clogher
(1535-1835)’, by Rev. P.O. Gallachair, CR. 1955, vol i, no 3,
p.83. Rev. Fr. Owen F., Traynor P.P., Mullagh, Co. Cavan, believes
that Fr. Casey was born in Killinenagh townland near Scotshouse,
parish of Currin and that after his ordination he lived there with
his parents. In the 1827 Tythe Composition Book for the Parish
of Currin, there is mention of a Berd. Casey holding 13 a.
3rds. 10phs of land at 15s-3 1/2d. Perhaps he was a relative of
24&25) Paying rent to Abraham Creichton in
1623 were: Thomas McCorry, Kilrush, Philip Martin, Gortgorgan,
James McManus, Donagh Maguire and Farrell O’Reilly. According to
my father, descendants of these families lived along the lake
shore until the 1880’s.
28) Judith Johnston nee Martin was my great-grand
My father the late John Fitzpatrick was a boy
of 10 in 1879 and could recall a Brady family in Derrydoon in
1880. The family lived on Derrydoon Hill, but were removed from
this land and went to live at Roslea. The Rev. Thomas Brady, was,
as far as is known, a chaplain with the American army.
39) This McCaffrey family were natives of
Drumully. see CR, vol.i, no.2, 1954, ‘Inscriptions of Drumully
Cemetry,’ by Philip Moore, pp. 35-38.
ON GALOON INSCRIPTIONS
"The inscriptions from Aghalurcher,
Donagh, Galoon and Drumully have now been transcribed and
published in this journal. The valuable information recorded
raises further questions. In Galoon the absence of Maguires or the
related Fitzpatricks among the early inscriptions is worth noting.
Donnegans, MacAdams and McAvineys show a strong connection with
Galoon. The reason for the Donnegan connection is understandable.
Does the Galoon connection give us any clue to the background of
the other two families?
"The significance of the ancient boundaries, parochial and
political, of the area between Lisnaskea and Clones has not been
studied. The findings of the jury of 1603 that the parish church
of Aghalurcher was in Clankelly barony is just one of the
problems. Family attachment to ancestral burying ground can
sometimes help towards finding answers to such questions. Francis
Fitzpatrick’s father was buried at Newtownbutler but his
ancestors were all buried in Co. Caven."
There are over 48 deaths & burials in Galoon with 24 unique
surnames which are:
Brady, Casey, Cosgrove, Donaghue,
Donegan, Dunagan, Dunnigan, Fitzpatrick, Goodman, Johnston,
Martin, McAdam, McAviney, McAviny, McCab(e), McCaffrey, McClure,
McCorry, McCory (Corry), McDonagh, McIvor, McMahon, McManus,
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