Courtesy of Paddy Waldron...
Kilrush and District Historical Society will present 'Monuments,
Memories and Meaning' a tour of the Church of Ireland Churchyard,
Kilrush, the first in its series of lectures on Tuesday, 5 June at
7:30pm in and around the Teach Cheoil (former Church of Ireland
building) Grace Street.
It will feature a number of speakers talking
about the history of the churchyard itself, the lives of some of the
better-known (and lesser-known) townspeople buried there, and the
extraordinary carvings and gravestone art to be found on some of the
older tombstones. The speakers will include Mr Dick Cronin,
Conservation Officer, Clare County Council and Mr Eric Shaw,
Clarecastle, as well as committee members of the society. Eric Shaw's
greatgreatgrandfather was William Carroll who built the Vandeleur
Mausoleum in 1873.
The lecture and tour of the Churchyard will provide some information
about this very important historical and ecclesiastical site situated in
Kilrush. Before the current clean-up, the churchyard was for the large
part inaccessible to members of the public. It contains the ruin of the
original medieval church from which the town takes its name.
Admission is free for members and 5 euro for non members. New members
are welcome and the first permanent committee of the society will be
elected after the lecture.