Drumcliffe Cemetery

Published on August 16, 2011

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The Hidden History of Ennis booklet will be on sale at Scéal Eile, Lower Market, Ennis and at Mary Kelly Newsagent, O’Connell St., Ennis from Monday 22nd August, 2011 next.

Drumcliff Cemetery – the Hidden History of Ennis

Larry Brennan and Eric Shaw have compiled a book entitled “Drumcliff Cemetery – the Hidden History of Ennis”, based on Clare Roots findings from the transcriptions in Old Drumcliff Cemetery. It has been produced in a joint project with Ennis Tidy Towns and Clare Roots Society. It contains articles on the history of Drumcliff and guides readers through the historical graves in the cemetery from the Cholera outbreaks of 1832 & 1849 to the Famine Grave, Paupers’ Burial Plot and the tragic drowning at Ballybeg Lake on the 1st April 1896. There are sections covering the stonework, ironwork, flora and fauna, map of the cemetery and a full graves Index.

There are details, along with a map, of over 12,000 graves and 2,700 burials which was carried out by volunteers from the Clare Roots Society and pupils of Ennis National School in 2007 and 2008. The front cover of the book is particularly striking, featuring a wonderful photograph, by Pat Brennan, of the rising sun over Drumcliff.