Kilcroan (Cill Chruáin) Graveyard

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Kilcroan Graveyard
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Kilcroan, located in the Barony of Ballymoe (Béal Átha Mó).

The name Kilcroan derives from the Gaelic Cill Chruáin, meaning Church of Cruáin.

Kilcroan Church and graveyard is a Recorded Monument. The following details are available at  

Recorded Monument No. GA007-022—-

Classification: Church 


Description: On roadside in farmland within E half of a large subrectangular graveyard. Very poorly preserved and overgrown rectangular church (E-W; L c. 19m, Wth c. 7m), probably of late medieval date. The OS Letters (O’Flanagan 1927, Vol. 1, 69-70) record that the ‘west gable, and a small part of the south side wall containing an ugly window of no interest’ still remained. Only N half of W gable and a short stretch of the adjoining N wall still stand to full height, though the foundation lines of N, E and S walls are traceable. No architectural features survive. The interior is littered with graves.
The above description is derived from the published ‘Archaeological Inventory of County Galway Vol. II – North Galway’. Compiled by Olive Alcock, Kathy de hÓra and Paul Gosling (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1999).

ITM Grid Co-ordinates: 567304 769754

Date of upload: 05 August 2010 


Bishop Burke 

Patrick Burke (1779 – 16 September 1843) was an Irish Roman Catholic clergyman who served as the Bishop of Elphin from 1827 to 1843. Born in 1779 in Lisnageeragh, he matriculated in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 1799, ordained a priest in 1803 and in 1819 in Maynooth College he was ordained a bishop. Before becoming a bishop, he served in his native diocese, and in 1810 he served as parish priest of Ballinakill and Kilcroan and in 1812 appointed parish priest of Glinsk. Dr. Burke is buried in the family vault in Kilcroan Cemetery, Ballymoe, Co. Galway.



Informant Michael O’Brien

Address Kilsallagh, Co. Galway

School Ballyglass South, Co. Galway

Age 50

Occupation Farmer

In my district there are a lot of local monuments for instance The monument of Bishop Burke. This monument was built in the year eighteen hundred and twenty-one. This monument is in the middle of the Kilcroan graveyard and it looks very old. This monument is made of stone and there are two walls of it standing yet. This monument is surrounded by an iron bar and it is very broad and high. Bishop Burke is buried in the Kilcroan graveyard Baltimore Co Galway and it is said that this monument is over him. Bishop Burke was said to live Turla Ballymoe Co Galway and it is said that there is the of ruins of a big house there 

Informant  Lawrence Ryan 

Address Turlough, Co. Galway

School Ballyglass South, Co. Galway

Age 43

Occupation Farmer

Old Graveyards
The graveyard in the district is Kilcroan. There was a chapel in this ground, part of which is to be still seen. It is in the townland of Ballyglass. It is still in use. It has been enlarged this year. The new part is not consecrated. The graveyard is triangular in shape. It slopes towards the South. There were trees growing in it, until it was enlarged and then these were cut down. There are some old monuments and flat flags in the graveyard. There is an old flat flag lying within the ruin of the old chapel on which seventeen twenty-one (1721) is marked. This is the oldest stone in the graveyard. Bishop Burke is buried within the ruin of the graveyards old chapel. There is a great high monument raised over him. The bishop lived in the Big House of Turla. He lived after this after this Saint died. Unbaptized children are buried at the butt of the graveyard 

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