The following details have been transcribed from the
Journals titled, "Journal for the Memorials of the Dead"
which can be found at County Carlow Library, Tullow
Street, Carlow, Co Carlow IRELAND.
Kellistown Parish Church and Burial-ground.
Miss Vize, 1891]
church stands boldly on an eminence. It is not large, its
vestry or robbing-room being under the square tower or
belfry. It does
not contain any stained memorial windows; in fact, the only
windows are those on the south side of the edifice; there
are not any on its western or northern side. There is only
one monumental tablet erected, that on the north side of
nave, to Rev. Fred. E. Trench, A.M., sometimes rector of the
parish before Disendowment. The [blank in the MS.] louvers
of the belfry are limestone, which is not commonly met with.
‘The burial-ground is being quietly grazed by two goats; a
donkey, and occasionally a pig, is allowed to stretch its
limbs in a wild chase.
‘At the south-east end there are the outer walls, with
foundations of others, of an ancient priory. Its arch, which
evidently was the arch to the chancel, is very beautiful;
its walls beyond are crumbling fast, and within them contain
the graves of Mrs. Trench (whether that also of Rev. F. E.
Trench, aforesaid, I am not able to say) on its north side.
Those of two priests and others on the south side—all I
should describe in chancel side or division. Then there are
more graves in its nave; on its south wall is a holy water
stoup, and lying on the ground is the remaining portion of a
magnificent baptismal font, granite, carved, about
three-quarters of it to be seen; the other portion I
searched for, but could not find. There are also two finely
cut granite capstones, with holes also filling in a gap in
the wall; these are their cut-stone bases, they likewise
having holes right up through centre, or it may be they were
the stands for the font.
‘The tiny pillars, built into the wall supporting the
chancel arch, are in good preservation. It would be a
regrettable circumstance if measures were not taken to
preserve this interesting fabric, and possibly, were the
Board of Works instructed, a means might be arrived at to
‘From its grounds a magnificent view can be had of the
surrounding country and mountains around.
'Kellistown Church is no longer alas I used for Divine
Service, and apparently since the demise of its Rector, Rev.
Garret, has been more or less closed.
‘On a great number of the monumental stones are various
elaborate devices in high relief, which give rather a quaint
look to each. The extraordinary longevity of two individuals
interred is remarkable—that of Owen Cummins, aged 108, and
of Walter Cummins, presumably son to Owen, aged 100.
*This Parish is now joined with Staplestown.
JPMD, Vol V, 1901 - 1903, Carlow, Page 148.
‘On the north side of the nave: ―
“Sacred to the Memory of
Frederick Eyre Trench, A. M.
The Faithful And Beloved Rector of this Parish
For Upwards of Half a Century
And Prebendary of Donoughmore In the Co. of Wicklow
He Died on The 10th of January 1848
In the 79th Year of His age.
In his Character Meekness and Humility
Sincerity And Uprightness Eminently marked
The Christian And the Gentleman.
As He Lived Respected and Died Regretted By
Those amongst Whom He Constantly Resided and
By Whom His Memory Will Long Be Cherished In
The Recollection of His many Acts of Kindness
‘Blessed are The Pure In Heart For They Shall See God.’
This Tablet Was erected
By His affectionate Widow Catherine Trench.”
Source: Susie Warren
Kellistown Burial-ground ]