Survey Data

Reg No

30325034


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Historical Technical


Original Use

Graveyard/cemetery


In Use As

Graveyard/cemetery


Date

1835 - 1840


Coordinates

65667, 250637


Date Recorded

22/07/2008


Date Updated

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Description

Freestanding limestone tomb, erected 1839, as burial place of John D'Arcy, founder of Clifden. Pecked and tooled limestone plinth, sides and roof. Inscriptions to all sides, those to gable ends being set in shield devices and commemorating John and his wife, one long side with plaque commemorating their daughters and other long side bearing passage from bible. Tomb situated to south-west of church close in sloping graveyard.

Appraisal

This unusual burial monument is situated fittingly, close to the Church of Ireland church, and overlooking the very town which John D'Arcy founded in 1812. It was designed in the form of a founder's tomb, such as was used to commemmorate the saintly founder of a monastery in medieval times. Its plaques commemmorate John D'Arcy and various members of his family.