Daphne doc­u­ments the slate plaques mark­ing the graves of lo­cal­ity’s un­bap­tised children

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THERE are a number of burial grounds in Valen­tia, eight in to­tal, in which un-bap­tised children are laid to rest with their graves un­marked.

Of these, two ex­ist in Far­ran­reigh, one in Bal­ly­manach, two in Feigh­mane one in Gort­gower, one in Up­per Ten­nis and one in Corobeg. Daphne Pochin-Mould in her book Valen­tia, ‘Por­trait of an Island’ out­lines a de­scrip­tion of such places as fol­lows:

“Cil­lín or Ceal­lú­nach is the name com­monly given to small monas­tic set­tle­ments of the Celtic Church, places to which some flavour of sanc­tity clung so that peo­ple used to bury un­bap­tised ba­bies in them.

“As the Catholic Church has deemed this year to be the year of the fam­ily, the Valen­tia Church Pastoral Coun­cil and its Li­turgy group de­cided to com­mem­o­rate such grounds with the erec­tion of Valen­tia slate plaques in hon­our of all those buried.

“The first was put in place a number of months ago in the land of Muiris and Bernie O’Donoghue of Feigh­mane and in recent times one was also erected in the land of James and Noreen Su­grue of Corobeg.

“The re­main­ing six will fol­low.”

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