AGHALURCHER GRAVEYARD - *Irish Graveyards
For anyone searching for info on Aghalurcher Graveyard, It is still in use, and as previously mentioned family lines seem to be the general rule. The Sallaghy Church burial register does have a lot of entries relating to burials at Aghalurcher (pronounced locally as Ah-Ha-Loch-Her). "buried at Aghalurcher".
*Aghalurcher Headstones (Clogher)
Aghalurcher Burial ground dates back to around the 12 century, most burials are as traditional "old families". As there is no actual church there it tends to be used by all churches in the area. The service would be conducted at the host Church with the burial taking place at Aghalurcher. The register of the host church would record the burial and note in the register "Buried at Aghalurcher"
Sallaghy Church (COI) since 1840 has been one of them. There are no Rutledge entries in the Sallaghy registers that still exist, the burial registers prior to 1884 were lost in the Dublin records office fire. It is possible that any records wherever the service was conducted has been lost. Early Irish burial records at best were pretty poor, if recorded at all.
There were other churches/chapels that also use Aghalurcher Burial ground, Among them Newtownbutler, Lisnaskea, Clones & I believe even Aghavea. I would guess they would be COI, but Aghalurcher has historically been multi denominational. It is still in use today.
My next port of call would be COI Lisnaskea, but remember there are also a couple of Methodist Chapels in the area also.
It is highly unlikely that there are full burial records for Aghalurcher. This site is a very old graveyard and is used by both Roman Catholic and Protestants. Family lines tend to be buried there, but would be members of other churches in the area. I believed it is council run.
I don't know if you know where Aghalurcher is, but its kinda hard to find! Blink and you would miss it! Here's a link on Google Street View http://www.rootschat.com/links/0agr/
ON Roads in the area, looking at a couple of paragraphs in Dermot Maguire's book "Drumlone at the Crossroads".
"But for most people in these townlands travel meant walking it. They had been doing that since the mists of time. In the 19th century they often walked the coffin from these townlands to Aghalurcher or Donagh graveyards."
*Burial register may be held at Sallaghy church
Stone Carving, Aghalurcher-
Sculptured headstones in Aghalurcher cemetery as well as those in Galloon, Drumully and Donagh have carved on the reverse, sometimes in relief, symbols of the skull and crossed-bones, bell, hourglass and coffin. The bell was the usual method of telling or announcing the death. The hourglass reminds us that time passes for us all. The coffin represents the resting place of the body within the grave and replaced the system of uncoffined burials of earlier times. The skull and crossed-bones remind us starkly of man’s mortality.
In her publication "Images of Stone" (Belfast, 1976, p. 97) Helen Hickey states:
In the east part of Fermanagh, at Pubble, Aghalurcher and Galloon, the stone-carvers produced a very distinctive type of grave-slab bearing the emblems of man’s mortality---skull, crossed bones, sand-timer, bell and coffin.
Aghalurcher Graveyard is next to Clifton Lodge and is located in N Ireland, United Kingdom. Aghalurcher Graveyard has a length of 0.22 kilometres. Latitude: 54°13'48.72" Longitude: -7°26'25.08"
Irish Times-Cemetery Location
*Graveyards and transcripts for Fermanagh, ordered by civil parish.
Aghalurcher Castle Balfour Church of Ireland Database IW
Aghalurcher Castle Balfour Demesne Church of Ireland None
Aghalurcher Cooltrane Church of Ireland None
Aghalurcher Cooneen Roman Catholic Data base IW
Aghalurcher Drumgoon Church of Ireland None
Aghalurcher Lisnaskea Church of Ireland Database IW
Aghalurcher Lisnaskea, Holy Cross Roman Catholic Database IW
Aghalurcher Maguiresbridge Methodist Database IW
Aghalurcher Maguiresbridge Presbyterian Database IW
Aghalurcher Maguiresbridge, Chapel Lane Roman Catholic Database IW
Aghalurcher Maguiresbridge, Christ Church Church of Ireland Database IW
Aghalurcher Tattynuckle None
Aghalurcher Headstones *Also see Aghalurcher Graveyard
*These are the Armstrong & Beatty names found here:
16. Here lieth the body of Charles Armstrong who dyed June 4th 1735 Aged 29 yrs.
6. Here Lyeth the body of Thomas Armstrong who Departed this life June the 3rd 1763 Aged 20 yrs. Also the body of his mother Mary Armstrong who Departed this life Aug 19th 1782 aged 76 yrs.
11. Here lieth the body of Robt Beaty late of Clones who departed this life May 4th 1799 a. 54 yrs. Also the body of his wife Jane Beatty who d. January 29th 1817 aged 69 years.
12. Here lieth the body of Wm. Beatty son of John Beatty of Killykeeran who d. the 9th day of March 1833 aged 39 yrs. Also the remains of the above mentioned John Beatty who d. the 23rd of May 1836. aged 70 yrs. Also Ann Beatty wife to the said John who d. Jan 31st. 1847 a. 65 yrs. Here also lie Jane Beatty wife of George Beatty of Killykeeran who d. Nov. 13. 1876. a.73 yrs. Also under this stone lie the remains of the late George Beatty, Killkeeran who d. at Killytry the 8th April 1889 a. 91 yrs.
13. Here lyeth the body of McWillm Beaty late of Aughamore who departed this life April ye 29th 1767 aged 37 yrs. Also his daughter Elenor who Died May ye 2nd 1767 aged 7 yrs. Inscribed by Margaret Beatty in m. of her beloved husband Edwin Beatty of Clones who departed this life Nov 21st 1869 a. 46 yrs. Also Mary Beatty who of Lieut Wm. Beatty of Ivy Cottage Clones Who departed this life Aug 22nd 1869 a. 77 yrs.
14. Here lieth the body of Edward Armstrong who d. Feb the 6th 1751 a. 51 yrs.
15. This stone was erected by Wilm Armstrong of Lieraw in m. of his children namely Jane, Robert, and Elenor who dyed young, fourthly John who departed this life the first of May 1773 a. 25 yrs. Also the body of Rhoda Armstrong wife of the above William and mother to those children who dept this life the 18th day of March 1782 a. 73 yrs.
16. Here lies the body of .........Armstrong otherwise.........wife of Francis Armstrong of Newtownbutler who d. 18th of September 1775 a. 28 yrs. Also Mary daughter of said and Jane who d. young.
17. Here lieth the body of Jane Armstrong who d. Dec. 10th 1725 a. 55 yrs.
18. Here also lyeth the body of Francis Armstrong who dept this life June 29, 1742. a.74 yrs. As also the body of Ellinor wife to the above Francis who d. April the 23, 1748 a. 80 yrs. Here lieth the body of John Armstrong who dyed April ye 12, 1703 a.......
19. Here lieth the body of Francis Armstrong late of Fany who d. Nov. 24, 1748 a. 56 yrs. Also Mary his wife, She d. Maye ye 24th 1761 a. 67 yrs.
10. Erected by Thomas Armstrong, Crockenness in m. of his son Thomas, who dept. this life 27 Feb., 1837, a 15 yrs.