Historical society unveils plaque for unbaptised infants

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

A UNIQUE plaque has been installed by Cappamore Historical Society in remembrance of unbaptised infants in the parish.

A UNIQUE plaque has been installed by Cappamore Historical Society in remembrance of unbaptised infants in the parish.

It was blessed by Fr Liam Ryan following Mass last Sunday morning.

The initiative by Cappamore Historical Society has been planned for the last eight months.

Chairman of the historical society, Oliver Dillon, said the granite stone plaque was placed at the rear of the church where the original baptism font was located.

The wording reads: “In remembrance of unbaptised infants and others of the Cappamore area who are buried in cillineacha and elsewhere in unofficial ground.”

A cilin is unconsecrated ground where it was the practice to bury unbaptised babies in the past. The burials were secretive in nature and mostly undertaken in hours of darkness.

In some areas a spoon was buried with the infant and this appears to be a pre-Christian custom.

Mr Dillon says there are three cillineacha in the parish of Cappamore that they know of, but there is probably more as some don’t appear on maps. Cillineacha were often found beside graveyards.

The second part of the inscription on the plaque sums up the initiative by the Cappamore Historical Society, said Mr Dillon.

The quote from Ecclesiasticus 44.9 is: “Others there are who have left no memorial, who have disappeared as if they never existed and are now as though they never were”.

“It is a mark of respect and in remembrance for those that have gone before us,” said Mr Dillon. Fr Ryan said the blessing after Mass on Pentecost Sunday in front of members of the Cappamore Historical Society and their families.

He also thanked Fr Browne for his support.