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Ranelagh, County Roscommon
Ranelagh, County Roscommon
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Ballintober Old Graveyard and The Grave Memorials of Co. Roscommon presents the results of seven years personally funded research beginning with Ballintober Old and extending to the grave memorials of about two hundred graveyards in Co. Roscommon, the surrounding counties and beyond. Memorials were part of the lives of generations - they remain for us today to be appreciated.  Mary B. Timoney in this book makes that appreciation easier and more complete.  She distils the story of some 80,000 memorials from the 1650s to the 20th century.  Many clearly make the statement We were here, We are here, and We will be here. Lavishly illustrated this book is for all, locals, academics and the general public.  A visual treat, it will increase local pride in graveyards and memorials, not just in Ballintober and Co. Roscommon, but nationally.  It will enhance the experience of a visit to any Irish graveyard, making it easier to actually see what many so easily pass by.  The discoveries and revelations of the decorative content of the memorials gets close to those commemorated, to those who had the stones erected and, significantly, to those who cut and carved them - the work of about one hundred stone masons has been identified by initials, signatures or styles. This book of twenty-one chapters, with prefaces by Albert Siggins and Nollaig Feeney and a catalogue of Ballintober Old, has 528 A4 pages and is illustrated with 1,331 images, most in colour.  The text of some 100,000 words, analyses the varied decoration from five centuries. Printed by KPS, Knock, Co. Mayo, it will be available from July 2018 at €40 (plus postage) for a hardback. The printing of the book is funded under the Heritage Council County Heritage Plan funding scheme and is supported by Roscommon County Council as an action of the County Roscommon Heritage Plan. About the author:   Mary B. Timoney has lectured and published extensively on graveyard memorials in Ireland, predominantly those in the North West.  This book follows on from her 2005 book, Had Me Made: A Study of the Grave Memorials of Co. Sligo from c. 1650 to the Present.
Mary’s book will be available to purchase on the night of the lecture, which she will be happy to sign
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8pm Friday Feb 22nd   Mary B.Timoney     The Grave Memorials of  Co.Roscommon Mary’s research began in 2012 with the study of the grave memorials of the late 17th century to the 1860s in Ballintober, Co. Roscommon.  The richness of memorial work here is indication of the importance of Ballintober and the O’Conor family.  A catalogue of these memorials, including the full inscription, photo and references to those commemorated is given.  The Ballintober memorials were compared with not just those in the graveyards of surrounding parishes but with those in the other Roscommon graveyards.  This traces the pattern of distribution of particular designs, an invaluable resource for the movement of stone workers which could identify the builders of many of Roscommon large and medium-sized big houses and other structures. Memorial design was not confined by county boundaries.  One set of memorial designs is traced to east Galway, while another is recognised having its source in Co. Kilkenny.  Many of those in Athlone town were strongly influenced by Roscommon work.  The work of over a hundred stone carvers is analysed here for the first time, over 70 of them identified by signature or initials.  This work is a reflection of the wealth and status, also a proclamation of the peoples’ Catholicism, even in the time of the Penal Laws.  The Madden stone carving family’s work, though not found in Ballintober but only in the south of the county, is so significant that it is included in a chapter of its own. Her richly illustrated this book is a valuable resource not just for the people of Roscommon but a template for memorial study in other counties.
8pm Friday Feb 22nd   Mary B.Timoney     The Grave Memorials of     Co.Roscommon
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