School: Gráinseach, Cill Mocheallóg (roll number 9970)

Location:
Grange, Co. Limerick
Teacher:
Tomás Ó Loínsigh

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Caherelly Graveyard

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0516, Page 251

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Cahirelly Graveyard.

At Cathirelly which is situated about nine miles south-east of Limerick City and about 3 miles north-west of Herbertstown is an ancient graveyard.
The most notable monument in it was erected to the memory of a man named Matt Heo who in his day was a famous athlete.
Matt Heo died in 1717.
The words on the flagstone are :-
"Lost to the living, Friends around him mourn,
His corpse to earth, his soul to Heaven is borne.
Weak Lazarus' Treasury and sure of hope of bliss,
Flowering in dust with stainless fame are his.
Bright throng of virtues doth his urn contain,
Firm Faith. good Hope with Piety train
Rare gifted graced by Art and Poesy
Here lies Matt Heo of fair pedigree"
John Dooley. (Farmer)
Grange, Kilmallock.

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