Killaveney Old Cemetery: Whitefield

This cemetery rests on the site of a Penal era church where mass was celebrated by people and priests of Killaveney Parish.  The Penal church was burned on November 11th 1798 by Yeoman soldiers but was later rebuilt.  It was cruciform in style, with two transepts and a nave.  The present church of St. Kevin was built in 1843.

See below document listing tombstone inscriptions from the cemetery:

Aerial view of cemetery
Dedication stone erected in Jubilee year 2000
Photo by Ciarán J. O'Byrne

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  • John – Apologies, I am only now seeing this (I do not receive notice of comments to this page so had no idea yours was here). I do not have any truly useful info for the period you mention other than of course the records on RootsIreland.ie. Others such as local archaeologist Yvonne Whitty with an office in Tinahely might well have.
    I am research scientist by background and have constructed an enormous family tree on Ancestry.com that includes many, many local (to this area) Byrne families and a ton of related families (over 10,000 folk in there!). My lines mainly in Askakeagh, Ballinglen and Ballymanus, some in Coolballintaggart and Askanagap and still others in many addl. townlands. These btw also include a number of directly and laterally related John and Mathew Byrne’s but of course not an uncommon name :). I also have extensive related files on multiple other data sources offline. If you’d like to learn more on that please post a safe or temporary contact email address here and we can discuss further,
    Best Regards, Ciaran.

    By Ciarán O'Byrne (06/10/2021)
  • Ciaran,

    Hello, my Great Grandfather was baptized at St. Kevin’s on Aug. 15, 1835 and my Great Grandaunt was baptized there on Mar. 13, 1839. Do you have any information regarding St. Kevin’s between the 1798 uprising and the rebuilding of the church in 1843? Thanks for your assistance! -John B.

    By John Matthew Byrne (03/04/2021)

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