Meelick/Parteen Nov 9

Thomondgate Families Buried In Kilquane, Clare: Families from Thomondgate in Limerick have graves in Kilquane Cemetry in Parteen which is in South-East Clare.

Thomondgate Families Buried In Kilquane, Clare: Families from Thomondgate in Limerick have graves in Kilquane Cemetry in Parteen which is in South-East Clare.

A member of one of these families was Patrick Francis McNamara from Quarry Road who soldiered in the First World War with the Canadian army and whose single grave headstone is still visible today (see picture) ninety-four years after he died at the early age of thirty-four.

A male nurse and unmarried he was living in Dorchester Mass., USA and joined the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force as a Private in the Canadian Infantry Quebec Regiment 42nd Battalion.

He signed the oath of allegiance to his Majesty King George the Fifth, his heirs and successors on October 5, 1917 and agreed to serve “for the term of one year or during the War now existing between Great Britain and Germany should that War last longer than one year” as stated in his Attestation Paper a duplicate copy of which was attained by The Post.

McNamara was born on January 20, 1885 and died on March 4, 1919. The Canadian maple leaf is engraved on his headstone at Kilquane.

Local Parteen historian Donal O Riain explained that Kilquane Cemetry burials go back to 1700 and at the time Thomondgate was in County Clare.

He declared: “there was a great bond between the people of Thomondgate and Parteen. They would have intermarried and done business together.

“In years gone by there were many burials of Thomondgate families in Kilquane and among them were the Costelloes, Brews, Ahernes and Bevills.

“Its interesting to note that the Costelloe family were horse buyers for Patrick Sarsfields army. They were evicted from their home during that period” he added.

According to Clare Ordnance Survey Letters Philip McAdam the man who showed the army of King William where they could cross the River Shannon to attack Limerick city from the North in 1691 is buried in Kilquane.

The graveyard is situated around the site of a church ruin and contains a large number of tombs and vaults among them tombs to the Holmes and Fitzgerald families.

Parteen GAA: Parteen Juniors continued on their winning ways with a 1-14 to 1-06 win over The Banner at Whitegate on Sunday last. Parteen GAA Club said “ Parteen led -09 to -05 at the break and dominated from there on to record a convincing win.”

Parteen St. Nicholas GAA Lotto Draw: The Lotto draw took place on Sunday 3rd November at Pascal’s bar for a jackpot of €20,000. Numbers drawn were: 04, 12, 24 & 26. There was no overall winner. Lucky dip winners were:Fr. Tom Carroll P.P, Parteen; Mark Langan, Drumcondora; Jim Fitzgerald, c\o Meelick Tavern; Tommy Donogher, Clonlara; Johnny Hebbs, Lisduff, Clonlara; Kyle Ryan, Kilmore, Broadford.

Next weeks draw takes place on Sunday 10th November at Landscape Hse. for a jackpot of €20,000,

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