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Aine MacAodha ~ Poetry and Lens

Aine MacAodha

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Omagh, North Ireland, Ireland
Writer/poet,avid photographer with a great interest in Celtic Myths, Mysticism, crystal healing, orbs in photography, Chemtrails, the sky above and the beauty in the Irish landscape . I live in Omagh North of Ireland where the Sperrin Mountains are my inspiration in any season. I have three poetry books published titled 'Where the Three Rivers Meet' and 'Guth An Anam ~Voice of The Soul and my latest Published by Lapwing Press Belfast, 'Landscape of self'~ You can find my links at top of my blog.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

St. Mary’s Church of Magheraculmoney Parish And famine graveyard

The graveyard surrounding ST. Mary’s Church at Ardess, near Kesh in County Fermanagh is a ancient pre-plantation graveyard and in a survey it is estimated that there is a total of 433 marked grave headstones, flat slabs and crosses. The oldest visible date is 1679 of both Catholic and Protestant.  Some wonderful old celtic crosses and a stump of a tree where the hangings took place excuted after the Maguire rebellion 1594. It is difficult to find so ask a local in the nearest town of Kesh and they will give your directions. A facinating place to visit.


St Mary's Old church Ardess.

The place of the Hanging Tree

Famine Pit

Running right across and dividing the pre-plantation cemetery in two is a huge fourteen foot wide trench grave. Described locally as the Famine Pit the huge long narrow sunken grave of 120 feet had remained in an overgrown, unkempt state serving as a harsh visual reminder of the Great Famine period 1845 - 1850. Ardess Community Association’s immediate objective was to mark the 150th anniversary of 1847 (known as Black 47) by restoring the unmarked famine pit and creating a sensitive memorial commemorating the many forgotten famine victims from North West Fermanagh.

It is a well kept graveyard for the age of it and it's quite eery to look into the famine pit and remember the forgotten victims who mostly came from the Irvinestown and belcoo areas.                                                    




A poem I wrote four years ago called Black 47 and is published in my book, Where The Three Rivers meet'       http://www.amazon.com/Aine-MacAodha/e/B003MGH3M2/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0                                                             


agimac said...

Beautiful photos, Aine, and a great history. Agnes

agimac said...

Beautiful photos, Aine, and a great history. Agnes

Aine Mac Aodha /Ann Keys said...

Many thanks Agnes xx

Anonymous said...

Very good and moving photos. It seems an idyllic place and thanks for writing about it. It particularly appeals to me because of not only the Famine Grave but also the Hanging associated with the Maguires. The McElroy's were a Sept of the Maguires so.....