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Church of St. Peter & Paul. Ballon, Co. Carlow

Headstone Inscriptions

Church of SS. Peter and Paul, Ballon.
A drawing by John Duffy

Erected by Mary NOWLAND
Alias CUMMINS in Memory of
her husband Thomas NOWLAND
who died the 6th of
April 1811 aged 48 years
also her son Garret NOWLAN
died Oct. 15th 1882 aged 75 years
His wife Mary NOLAN
died Aug 4th 1884 aged 75 years
and their son Thomas NOLAN
died 1929 aged 82 years
Lord have mercy on his soul
Errected by Bridget SMYTH
in memory of her husband
John SMYTH who dep'd this
life the 7th of May 1813 aged
38 yrs. Lord have mercy on his
soul Amen.  Also the above
Bridget SMYTH died 10th April 1869 aged 84 yrs
and their son John SMYTH
died 11th May 1895, aged 89 yrs
and his wife Anne SMYTH nee BLANCH,
died 18th Feb. 1906, aged 86 yrs.
and their daughter in law Anastasia SMYTH
nee BREEN died Nov. 13th 1930 aged 75 yrs.
Erected by
John TRAVERS, Killmurry
in memory of his father
died 31st Dec 1914, aged 78 yrs
and his mother Mary Ann TRAVERS
died 24th May 1914, aged 68 yrs
his brother James
died 22nd Sept. 1909, aged 34 yrs
his sister in-law Bridget TRAVERS
died 14th Jan 1904, aged 24 yrs
The above John
died 3rd Jan. 1940, aged 69 yrs.
In loving memory of
Philip KEALY Henry Jane Anne
and Ellen O'NEILL Ballom
their nephew William JORDON
died 9th July 1905
niece Ellen KEALY nee JORDON
died 24th May 1908
her daughter Ellen KEALY
died 25th May 1900
her husband Maurice KEALY
died 10th Dec 1904
her daughters Margaret
died 25th Feb 1934
Kate died 5th Oct 1934
Mary Anne died 7th June 1947
their niece Mary DOYLE
nee NOLAN died 16th May 1937
Cecilia NOLAN nee KEALY
died 12th July 1936
her husband William NOLAN
died 2nd Nov 1944
Erected by Michael and William PINDER
of Rathrush in memory of their belov'd
father, William PINDER who died 24th
Nov 1843 aged 66 years. And of their
mother Mary PINDER who died 4th
Janr 1856 aged 69 years. And of their
sister Mary who died 8th Nov 1853
aged 36 years.
Also the above Michael PINDER
died 16th Seot 1882 aged 60 yrs.
Sacred to the memory of
Maurice NEILL
who died 26 January 1879
aged 88 years
also his son John
who died 12th Sept 1880 aged 50 yrs
also his wife Margaret NEILL
who died 30th January 1887
aged 82 years
and their son Thomas
who died 18th Dec 1901 aged 78 yrs
and his wife Ellen NEILL
died 16th Feb 1924 aged 93 yrs
also Ellen O'NEILL Ardristan
died 28th June 1945 aged 77 years
In loving memory of
Kathleen BRENNAN
died 30th November 1940,
aged 26 years.
And her mother
Mrs. Catherine BRENNAN
died 3rd May 1950,
aged 73 years.
(This was on the ground in front)
in loving mempry
Kathleen BRENNAN
died 30th Nov 1940
aged 36 years
and her mother
Mrs. Catherin e Brennan
died 3rd May 1950
aged 73 years
Nolan - Ballon
In loving memory
Thomas BRENNAN  Ballykealy
died 11th Sep 1926
also his wife Kate BRENNAN
died 11th April 1937
their daughter Kathleen
died 2nd Nov 1939
In loving memory
Lieutenant Sean NOLAN
Laragh, Ballon
E Company 3rd Batt.
Carlow Brigade I.R.A.
died 18th June 1924
aged 29 yrs.
by Thomas KEARNEY
of Killane
In memory of his beloved father
who died 3rd Aug 1875, aged 65 yrs
also his mother
who died 5th July 1889, aged 67 yrs
and his sister Mary
who died young.
Also his sister Alicia,
died 15th May 1904 aged 50 yrs.
The above Thomas KEARNEY
died 17th April 1910 aged 62 yrs
His brother Terence KEARNEY
died 16th July 1922 aged 72 yrs.
 Sacred to the memory of
Michael POWER
died 7th Feb 1890 aged 69 years
also his wife Mary POWER nee NOLAN
died 21st Feb 1891 aged 45 years
and of their two children
Felix & Mich'l who died young
Gone but not forgotten.
Pray for the soul of
Thomas B. DOYLE
Ballymogue Co. Carlow
who died on the
12th March 1920
aged 66 years
also his borther
died Dec 27th 1932
aged 69 years.
In loving memory of
Jane Nolan Ballon
Died Aug. 20th 1930 Aged 87
Also her son John
Died Jan. 1 1951 Aged 74 Years
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Have Mercy on Her Soul.


Kathleen Brennan of Ballon

Maurice Neill

William Pinder

Kathleen Brennan of Ballon

Thomas Brennan of Ballykely

Thomas Nowland

John Smyth

Mary Carroll

Philip  Kealy Henry

Edward Nolan
Jane Nolan Ballon

John Kearney
Lieutenant Sean Nolan


Source: Maribeth Nolan 2012

The following inscription for a tombstone found in the old Ballon cemetery:

Here lieth the body of JAMES NOLAN
late of Kilgraney who departed
(RN: This Kilgraney is believed to be
the one close to the Ballyellin-Goresbridge area,
and not the one towards Kildavin)
aged 86 yrs.
Here are likewise deposited the
remains of his son JAMES NOLAN of
Kilglaus (RN: sic Kylemaglush)
who dep'd May 12th 1821 aged 66 yrs.
And also MARY daughter to the latter James
Nolan who died young.
Also PATRICK NOLAN brother [to the above
named] James Nolan who died April 1812 aged 71 yrs
and MARY wife to Patrick who dep'd April 1 1817
aged 71 yrs.
Here lie the remains of MURTHA NOLAN, late of
Grenada, son to the above PATRICK and MARY
(RN: Anna, Note that "Murtha" is often rendered as Maurice in English.

This particular "Murtha"/Maurice lived for a time on the spice island of Grenada in the West Indies and, at his death in the early 1830s he had a business in Carlow town. In  his will he also mentioned a Thomas Brett who I believe was somehow related.

 (there is more to this inscription, including a Rev. James Nolan who served Bagenalstown as PP and died in 1839)

Source: Roger Nowlan

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