Last Wednesday evening saw a group of local people, members of CAHCS & friends, gather at Castletownkinneigh church & graveyard. Chairman Colum Cronin outlined the general framework of the project ahead; to document & record details of each grave & headstone in the adjoining cemetery. Fr Tom Hayes, who has been coordinating a parish-wide effort to get all three Enniskeane graveyards (Enniskeane, Ahiohill & Castletown) surveyed was also in attendance. Fr Tom was generous with his time & effort in explaining the immense potential of properly compiling a well collated archive of the parish records. He explained that it was possible, using present day technology, to take all the existing parish records, including births, marriages & deaths, the earliest of these extending back as far as 1813 (200 years) & having these records searchable in a co-related manner, presenting an extremely powerful intergenerational parish genealogical resource.
After hearing the inspirational words of Fr Tom, the group got to work with paper, pens & clipboards & made a great start at recording the gravestone inscriptions. This work would not have been possible but for the hard work of Mick O’Connell of Ballineen who, through the gifted use of his engineering skills has created detailed maps of each of the parishes’ graveyards. Further recording sessions will be happening shortly. Bank Holiday Monday 6th May (weather permitting) is our next day of action, meeting at 3pm. Photo of group taken by V. Rev. Tom Hayes P.P. Enniskeane.