Holy Trinity, Errislannan was due to be demolished. In 1961 "The Friends of St Flannan's" was founded by Maurice O'Connell, Donal Brooks and Rex Allen to repair and maintain the church for future generations


View accross fields



The Rev. Wall has a large Celtic cross over his grave in the churchyard - it had fallen and was quite tricky to re-erect. His wife's grave is there too, both covered with Japanese anemones in the summer.

Celtic cross when new Celtic cross

The Rev. George Heather has another grave with his 7 offspring.

There is Walter Wall who never married and used to farm. His diaries tell us that Drinagh rectory had the most fertile land for vegetable crops - now just a wood.

There is also the grave of Donald Heather who was the brother of Alannah who wrote the book "Errislannan" and who I expect some readers remember. Donald should have inherited the Manor but was sadly killed in a flying accident soon after the war.

The Kendall family who I think lived at Ballinaboy is buried there with a 14 month baby, also Archdeacon Irwin, Patrick Gorham 1890, the Trelfords, and many unmarked graves with just stones over them - may be from the famine times.

And there is a lovely old well in the corner of the graveyard. Last year peregrines nested and sometimes there are choughs and inside the church live long-eared bats - all precious species.
Stephanie Brooks

picture of the tombstonesWe always felt that the graveyard should be revealed - this desire is recorded in past minutes of the Annual Meetings. With time most of the graves became completely hidden by overgrowth. the Heather tombstone only partially visible.
Last autumn we set to work on a voyage of discovery. Dr. Walls' giant tombstone lay recumbent, completely dislocated from its base by an overhanging branch. With the aid of a J.C.B. and the dexterity of its owner it was replaced undamaged. Clearing proceeded. The present scene somewhat bare and unfamiliar will provide in time a graveyard with a contemplative setting affording a pleasant view across Clifden Bay.
The inscriptions on the gravestones will be recorded and on view in the Church.


List of Tombstones



The latest addition was the gardenia in commemoration of Donal Brooks whose ashes were buried below.


closeup of gardenia