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The Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead in Ireland has one of the best names of any historical organization that is consulted for Irish genealogical research. It was in existence from 1888-1934 and published a journal in each year.  The entry below comes from Volume II, covering the years 1892-1894.[1]

The history of the Protestant Church, as written in 1816, is outlined along with a list of rectors from the 17th – 19th centuries.

[1] Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead in Ireland. 1895. Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead in Ireland. Volume II, 1892-1895. Dublin: Peter Roe.


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A selection of papers from the House of Commons published in 1820 gives some details in relation to the Protestant parishes in the Paulstown area.

In a section with the title ‘An Account of the Churches and Glebe Houses’ it is outlined that in 1806 there was new churches built in Kilmacahill, Grange Silvae and Wells. Alternatively, this could mean that a new church was built to serve these parishes.[1]

It is further outlined that the parish of Kilmacahill has a rectory and the serving rector at the time is William Latta. The parish of Grange Sylva [sic] is also mentioned and also has a rectory. The serving rector is Thomas Gough.[2]

[1] House of Commons. 1820. Miscellaneous Papers Ireland Session 21 April to 23 November 1820 Volume 9. London: House of Commons. p.336

[2] Ibid. p.320

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In the grounds of Shankill Castle there are the ruins of an old church and graveyard. This church would be quite old as it is shown in ruins on the Ordnance Survey maps of Ireland from the 1830s-1840s period.

Towards the end of the 19th century an organization called the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead was formed in Ireland. Members of this group spent their spare time visiting graveyards and transcribing the information on headstones, vaults and tombs. Many of these graveyards are in a total state of disrepair today and that makes the journal published by the association very valuable.

In the journal for the year 1900, a Mr. C.J. Hobson writes about how he visited this church and graveyard and transcribed what he could.[1]The relevant genealogical information from his transcriptions are reproduced below.

Elizabeth Ayleward, alias Butler, died 21 October 1708.  She had two daughters. Monument erected by her husband Peter Aylward in 1719.

John Gorges Hely Mulhallen of Malcolmville, Carlow died 1 April 1860 age 66. Erected by Frances.

Mary Cody, alias Purcell, died 31 February 1782, age 51 years.

Dennis Ryan, died 9 May 1800, age 70 years.

Erected by Michael Cooke in the memory of his father Thomas Cooke, late of Kellymount, died 16 December 1801, age 70 years. Headstone carved by John Brennan, stone-cutter, Royal Oak

Gregory Murphy, died 29 April 1768, age 21 years.

Michael Murphy, died 26 January 1771, age 60 years. Erected by his son Michael. Also, son Joseph died 26 December 1787, age 45 years.

[1] Hobson, C.J. 1900. Shankill or St. Kill Parish in Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead. Vol.4 No.3 Part 1, pp.432-434.

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If you are planning on taking a trip to the Paulstown area to see where you ancestors came from then I hope this listing of graveyards and churches will be of help to you. It consists of the local Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches, current and disused graveyards and where an ancient Church once stood.

1)      Church of the Assumption, Paulstown (Roman Catholic)

This is the local Catholic church for the area. It is the oldest church in the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. The church grounds also contain a graveyard. As far as I know burials are no longer carried out here.

2)      The New Cemetery

This is the current Catholic cemetery for the Paulstown area.  A partial listing of burials from the internment.net website can be found here.

3)      St. John’s Church (Church of Ireland)

This is the local Church of Ireland/Protestant church for the area. This church also has a graveyard on its lands.

4)      Disused Cemetery

This cemetery is no longer used and is located in the townland of Kilmacahill, on what is known as Church Road. Dunleavey outlines that there was once an old church here, which was replaced by a Protestant church, but neither remain.[1]

5)      Disused Church and Cemetery

This church and cemetery are located in the grounds of Shankill Castle. All that is left of this church is ruins. Members of different families who have owned Shankill Castle over the centuries are buried here.

6)      This is believed to be where the ancient Kilmocahill monastery is located. Today this site is actually in the townland of Kellymount. All that remains are the traces of the church and graveyard and rubble. St. Finbarr of Cork is believed to have studied here. I hope to have a blog entry about the association between St. Finbarr and Paulstown at a later date.

You can click on the image for a larger view.

[1] Dunleavy, John J. A Short History of Paulstown. John J. Dunleavy, 2007. Print. p.3.

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