As mentioned in an earlier post, our new friend, Bill, directed us to the Church located on Nicker Hill. The geology of the hill is interesting in itself, and a grotto was dug into the hillside. After the gothic churches I had become so familiar with in Germany and in the cities of Ireland, I was initially surprised by its overall simplicity.
Right across the street was a field with very pastoral views of the surrounding countryside. It really was very rural.
It was clear that the cemetery had originally been placed alongside a church that was now in ruins.
Many of the grave markers were dedicated to Ryans and Dwyers. I got really excited when I saw a grave marker that listed Matthew Ryan, father of Jeremiah. "Our" Matthew allegedly died in 1855 and I believe he had a son named Jeremiah. Upon closer examination, I noticed that this Matthew died in 1955. I'm sure they were all related, as all of the Ryans and Dwyers in the area were "cousins".
It reads: Erected by
In memory of his father
son of DARBY RYAN
and MARY KELLY
I love old cemeteries -- just ask my sister, Karen, and my niece, Julie. If you want to see more of the grave markers, click on this link to the Pallasgreen Photoshow. You can pause on the grave markers and watch them 'til your heart is content. Pallasgreen, County Limerick