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28 May 2022

In Loving Memory - beautiful new book documents Donegal Town graveyard

The book includes photographs of every gravestone in the cemetery

Clar Graveyard book

The book includes history and gravestone inscriptions from St Agatha's Church, Clar, Donegal Town

A new  book entitled In Loving Memory and dedicated to the memory of those interred at St Agatha’s Church, Clar has recently been published.   

It is the work of parishioners from the parish of Townawilly in partnership with the Clogher Le Chéile community group. It will be launched in the Parish Centre in Donegal town at 2pm on St Patrick’s Day.

Keith Corcoran, himself a well-known author, said: “This book is certain to be a treasured genealogical resource, not only for parishioners past, present and future, but local history enthusiasts and many people around the world wishing to trace their Irish ancestry and discover their Donegal roots. 

“The layout and structure is very accessible for this purpose while also providing readers with fascinating local historical and cultural context. 

“The idea to publish a photograph of each and every headstone together with a transcription of the epitaph and plot number, was a simple yet profoundly unifying gesture of respect for all those laid to rest in St Agatha’s Cemetery, Clar.  


“Dedicated to the memory of all those who are buried within its hallowed ground, the considerable planning, selfless voluntary spirit and painstaking effort that went into this project rings through each page from front to back cover.”

This 330 page book includes a photograph of each of the 923 headstones in the graveyard;  the inscription on each together with the parish burial records and a brief history of the parish.  

The gravestone photographs and inscriptions are now uploaded onto the website www.historic graves.com 

This project has generated a great community spirit resulting in 30 people from various parts of the parish, young and old working together under the direction of the renowned archaeologist,  John Tierney of Eachtra Heritage.  

The project took six months to complete and has created huge interest.  

The Foreword is written by Fr Niall Coll, Parish Priest and the book contains hitherto unpublished material from the Raphoe Diocesan Archive.   

The final product is truly an act of remembrance and love and will be of interest to many.  At a cost of €20, it will be a valuable resource not only to relatives of the deceased but also to anyone researching family trees throughout the world.  

Funded by the Heritage Council of Ireland and the Community Foundation for Ireland under the Energia Meenadreen Windfarm Community Benefit Fund, all proceeds from the sales are donated to the St Agatha’s, Clar new graveyard project. 

Everyone is welcome to the launch in the Donegal Parish Centre at 2pm on St Patrick’s Day.

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