At least three of my ancestors are buried in old St. Catherines graveyard at Killybegs,
and probably more. I visited there twice, in 1987 and 1990, and located stones for my
Alexander Greenlaw (d. 1741) and Patrick Finison (d. 1703), and know from family documents
that my gg grandmother Margaret (nee Hamilton) Devitt was interred under or by the stone
of P. Finison, and that the stone of her brother, Capt. James Hamilton, should be there.
There are several "Fintra" James Hamilton stones nearby, but I have never been
able to link my family with theirs, although it may be possible.
I understand that recently the church and graveyard has been cleaned up, and note a 2006
Heritage Council project which allocated 600 euros to the "Killybegs Community
Resoponse Scheme" for "St. Catherines Church and Graveyard Project".
My two stones, very large and ornately carved, were lying down and appeared at the time to
have been fairly recently uncovered, as the surrounding ground was probably six inches
higher surrounding the stones. I have always supposed that there must be other stones
still buried in the vicinity of my "family plot" and elsewhere, and am wondering
if anything new has been unearthed and identified in the recent "project".
Is there anyone on the list that would have knowledge of this?