What’s the point?

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17 Responses to What’s the point?

  1. Maureen Cottrell Niles says:


    How do I see the grave stones that you have taken a picture of in Kilkenny? Looking fro Cottrell/ Walsh from St. James Church in Glenmore, Kilkenny.


    • Hi Maureen,

      I am in Dublin at the mo and don’t know whether the photos I have from Glenmore are from St. James Church or not. In theory, all you should have to do is go to my Kilkenny Genealogy website and you should be able to see the photos as according to the home page I have them on that site. Except, when I clicked the link it didn’t work and now I don’t know if it’s just my internet reception or that the photos are not on the site!

      My Kilkenny Genealogy website is at http://www.kilkennygenealogy.com and if the Glenmore link on that page doesn’t work for you, then let me know and I’ll check my photos for you when I get back to Cork.

      Currently, we’re updating my main website http://from-ireland.net and once we finish that then we’ll probably give Laois Genealogy and Kilkenny Genealogy the same format and bring all of my photographs for those two counties on line. At the moment, I’m concentrating on my Laois and Kilkenny photographs and trying to get them all named and indexed, once I finish that, I’ll turn to the other photos that I have.

  2. Cheryl Harris says:

    What you are doing is so important to the genealogy community and I so appreciate it. I hope you are able to get all your photos indexed and up on the web.

    I am located in Albuquerque, NM, USA, and I am helping a friend find his grandparents and before. his Granmother and Grandfather came from Ireland but he did not know where. Using just a little bit of info we had, I was able to use the Birth, Marriage, Death index and find both grandparents and their parents. His grandmother is Margaret Conroy from Cloncosney, Queens, father John Conroy, born Upper Forest, died 1874, probably Cloncosney, and mother Honora Kennedy Conroy, b unknown and died about 1880, probably Cloncosney. Have you done any cemeteries near there? I would be thrilled if you had any info on these last names.

    Keep doing what you are doing, bless you!!!

  3. Martha Stewart says:

    Hello I visited a graveyard when in Northern Ireland in 2005 and it was called Laid graveyard, or Layd cemetery but cannot find it anywhere on the net…. it had a stone marking those who lost their lives in the famine… any ideas
    thank you

  4. Heckety says:

    Your site came up when I was google-ing plants for Churchyards. You sure do put in a lot of work to this area of your interest!
    Have you seen the book ‘Had Me Made’, forget who the author is…Higgins maybe? Its a short history of graves and gravestones and churchyards mostly around Co. Sligo, including the stonemasons. I thought I was fascinating, and the copy of the book in the Library is fast falling apart although its nearly new, so obviously many others share the interest.
    Personally I like ‘visiting the dead’ as you quote your Mam, especially the ones who I knew, or whose decendants I know, and I think its a pefrectly legitimate way to spend the afternoon!

  5. cp says:

    i think it is great that you are doing this. I would like to see some of your photos. I wish I could help you. . . I am in US and cannot get to Ireland to search for these. I was in the archives in Montreal this summer. They have published volumes of gravestone inscriptions there. You are not the first person to be interested in this.

  6. TC says:

    I found your blog ‘googling’ for my long dead ancestors, whom I am still trying to track down 🙂 I think what you are doing is marvelous ! *the ones that call you mad just don’t understand the brilliance you have!*

    I, too, photograph markers, because so many will want to know what it looked like, or perhaps, they want to ‘collect’ yet another stone of the family. But either way, I am happy they are looking and I am happy to oblige! My family is scattered every which way, and it’s nice when I can find someone who thought to photograph that one last row, because it might have been MY GGGgrand dad, you know? What you are doing is awesome and never forget it!

    .. another ‘mad’ marker from America

  7. Sue says:

    I live in Western Australia but I was born in Tasmania (Australia) where I spend most of my annual leave. Researching my family tree has become an addictive passion since the advent of the internet. I also enjoy photography & taking photos of headstones is an adjunct to the BDM registry documents which don’t really tell much of a story. Cemeteries are so interesting but it is such a pity that the engravings become difficult to read over time. Thank you so much for keeping our ancestor’s memorials “alive”. Are you planning any trips to Derryhumma in Co. Clare where my GGG grandparents lived? Sue

  8. Pam says:

    Please keep being mad! I came across your blog from Cyndislist and am thrilled to see a lot County Kilkenny information. My great great grandparents (surnames Farrell & Kelly) were born in County Kilkenny, possibly in or near Graiguemanaugh in the 1820s and 1830s, and I’m still hoping to find more information. I appreciate the work that you are doing. Thank you.

  9. Pam says:

    HI I am in Australia and I have a ancestor Rev John Fisher who died 7 June 1860 he was licensed by Cavan Presbytery in 1835 and ordained in Carrigallen on 5 Feb 1836. He died in Carrigallen and I would think he would be possibly buried at his church being Presbyterian. Do you have any photos from this area? I am not familiar with the areas of Ireland as this is the only branch of my family tree that is Irish.
    Hoping you have something
    Thanks and kind regards

  10. I’m elated to have found your website as the history of the generations of Irish are in the inscriptions on our ancestors stones. I’m from Canada but my father and his parents were from Ballygormil, Timahoe, Laois. They’re stone is a nine foot Celtic Cross in the Timahoe graveyard.

    My father was one of the first free born Irish born in 1922 just months after Ireland gained its independence. He was six months in my grandmother’s womb when Michael Collins was assassinated on the Cork Rd.

    I need to know the name of a graveyard only miles away from the Timahoe graveyard where my maternal great grandparents, The Heffernans are buried in an unmarked grave (without a stone) as my sister is going to pay for a stone to be erected.

    Any assistance you could afford me regarding the name of this graveyard would be appreciated by return e-mail. I’m located in London, Ontario, Canada

    Anna Keightley

  11. Liz says:


    Keep doing what you are doing…. you aren’t alone… I find cemeteries very peaceful…and love to walk through them when I have the opportunity.

    Have you ever visited the old Crecora cemetery in Limerick? My dream, once I retire, is to spend a month visiting cemeteries in Limerick – Croom/Attiflyn area – especially Crecora – as well as Galway – Ballynakill – Cloonlooan/Renvyle/Rasheen areas – all where my family was from – don’t know if there will be monuments/markers – but I look forward to walking where my family has walked…so I am jealous of your location and ability to do this!!

    Genealogy started as a family activity – one of my fondest memory of our hunts was when we visited the grave of my children’s 2nd great grandfather and they found his parents and grandparents in the same cemetery – my daughter still talks about it!

    All the best, Liz

  12. Chris says:

    Great work. As an Irish person living in Canada, I know how hard it is to do research from this far away. It is always a delight to get a little unexpected help.

  13. Lianne says:

    Hi Pam,

    My friend Patrick McNamara and I have been researching his family, most of whom still live in Ireland. Many of his mother’s family were buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Do you, by chance know of any website that might have photos of headstones there? I didn’t see that cemetery listed in your portfolio, which seemed pretty extensive.

    Take care,

  14. PamPam says:

    Lianne are you replying to me (Rev John Fisher) ?

  15. Maree says:

    You do fantastic work for countless people. So many benefit from your love of history and remembering those who have passed from this life.

    Even if you did no more, you have made a tremendous impact for Irish Genealogy.

    Maree in Adelaide

  16. KEVIN BERGIN says:

    Hello Jane,
    i have used your website numerous times over the past 4 years and just want to take this opportunity to thank you for the amount of work you have put into your research, it is very much appreciated. My grandfather was Joseph Bergin, he was born and reared in the Townland of Togher just outside Portlaoise in 1888. His Parents lived in Togher all their lives, it was in the parish of Maryborough, now Portlaoise. Joseph himself settled in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway in 1923, and I have lots of information about him. However, I have very little knowledge of his Parents, John and Maria Bergin (nee Murphy). What I would like to know is, what cemetery is the most likely place that Josephs parents are buried, they died between 1914 and about 1923, and R.C., I dont know exact dates.

    Thank you.

    Kevin Bergin

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