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Hanlon Headstones in Ireland

1821 inscription in Dalkey cemetery - photo courtesy of Dolores Sierra


This page has transcriptions and photos of Hanlon headstones for cemeteries in Ireland, mainly in County Donegal. The majority of these were personally surveyed whilst some photos were kindly submitted (see individual credits).

There are a total of three pages with death/burial related records on this site:

  1. Hanlon Headstones (this page): photos and transcriptions from cemeteries in Ireland.

  2. Hanlon Headstones Online: a collection of online headstone transcriptions compiled by other people. Also has a list of further links for headstone search websites, e.g. interment.net, etc.

  3. Hanlon Vital Records: transcriptions of written records, i.e. church and civil registers of birth/baptism, death/burial and marriages.


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Contents

  1. St. Crone's (CoI), Dungloe, County Donegal
  2. Templecrone (RC), Dungloe, County Donegal
  3. St. Mary Star of The Sea (RC), Annagry, County Donegal
  4. Maghery (RC), County Donegal
  5. St. Crone's (ruin), Termon, County Donegal - no Hanlons
  6. St. Columba's (RC), Burtonport, County Donegal - no cemetery
  7. St. Bridget's (RC), Lettermacaward, County Donegal
  8. St. Cholmcille (RC), Fintown, County Donegal - no Hanlons
  9. Conwal Parish (CoI), Letterkenny, County Donegal
  10. Bohermore Cemetery (RC/CoI), Galway Town, County Galway
  11. Glasnevin Parish (RC/CoI), Dublin City, County Dublin
  12. St. Begnet's (RC), Dalkey, County Dublin

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Notes

Having found a concentration of Hanlon families around the Dungloe area of County Donegal, Ireland we felt it was worth documenting to see if we could later link these families together. If you are - or think you might be - related to any of the people listed below, we would love to hear from you. (Click here to send an email to the author.)

Notes in Italics are not given on headstones but were found from other sources.
Click on thumbnail to get larger image of headstone.



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Key

RC = Catholic cemetery
CoI = Church of Ireland cemetery
-- = data missing or illegible


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O'Hanlon boar facing right 1: St. Crone's O'Hanlon boar facing left

CoI, Dungloe, County Donegal, Ireland

St. Crone's Church of Ireland is at the bottom of Dungloe main street, just before the bridge. It has a small walled churchyard surrounding it with only a few headstones. It is striking that over half the headstones are for the Hanlon family. Surveyed August 2001.

headstone name died age other details

Headstone thumbnail: Richard Hanlon d. 1942 and Margaret Hanlon d. 1931 Richard Hanlon 1942 born 1865 Crucknageragh
Margaret (wife) 1931 born 1858
Elizebeth (daughter) 1947 born 1902

Headstone thumbnail: John Hanlon d. 1970 and Catherine Hanlon d. 1991 John Joseph Hanlon 27 Jan 1970 70
Catherine (wife) 20 Oct 1991 85
Kathleen (daughter) 20 Dec 1998 61

Headstone thumbnail: Patrick Hanlon d. 1890 and Catherine Hanlon d. 1909 Patrick Hanlon 15 Jan 1890 84
Catherine (wife) 7 Mar 1909 102

Headstone thumbnail: Thomas Hanlon d. 1948 and Mary Jane Hanlon d. 1970 Thomas Hanlon 1948 born 1863
Mary Jane (wife) 1970 born 1876
baby Ellen Kenny 1911 born 1910

Headstone thumbnail: George Hanlon d. 1988 and Isobel Hanlon d. 1979 George Hanlon 1988 born 1908
Isobel (wife) 1979 born 1897

Headstone thumbnail: Andrew Hanlon d. 1992 Andrew Hanlon 16 Mar 1992 83

Headstone thumbnail: George Hanlon d. 1959 and Emily Hanlon d. 1982 George Hanlon 15 Apr 1959 77
Emily (wife) 25 Feb 1982 86

Headstone thumbnail: George Hanlon d. 1954 and Anne Murphy d. 1965 Matthew Murphy 17 Dec 1944 75
George Hanlon 22 Dec 1954 83
Anne Jane Murphy 5 Jan 1965 89
Matt Murphy 21 Sep 1976 64
Nancy Murphy 28 Sep 1986 77
Alex Murphy 10 Sep 1990 77

Headstone thumbnail: William Hanlon d. 1902 and Mary Hanlon d. 1898 William Hanlon -7 Dec 1902 69
Mary Hanlon (wife) 28 Apr 1898 61

Headstone thumbnail: Henry Hanlon d. 1924 and Margaret Hanlon d. 1924 Henry Hanlon 22 Dec 1924
Margt A. Hanlon (wife) 19 Oct 1924

Headstone thumbnail: William Hanlon d. 1964 and Kathleen Hanlon d. 1980 William Hanlon 9 Apr 1964 Tubberkeen
Kathleen (wife) 29 Aug 1980

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O'Hanlon boar facing right 2: Templecrone Cemetery O'Hanlon boar facing left

RC, Dungloe, County Donegal, Ireland

Templecrone, better known as Ionad Teampall Chroine in Gaelic, was a good sized Catholic Church with an extensive old churchyard from 1781. It is located near the top of the hill on Main Street, corner of Chapel Road. The old churchyard remains in use today but the old church is now the town library. A new St. Crona's church was built nearby (1980). The churchyard surrounds the old church on all sides and also has a second section across the street. The last three headstones listed below - as of Wiliam Hanlon of Cullion - were found in the section across the street. Templecrone and St Crona's are a part of the Parish of Templecrone, Diocese of Raphoe. Surveyed August 2001.

headstone name died age other details

Headstone thumbnail: James Hanlon d. 1984 and Nancy McPherson d. 1999 Nancy McPherson
(nee Hanlon)
Apr 1999 -- Crocknageragh
James Hanlon (brother) Feb 1984 --
Margaret Hanlon (sister) Mar 1924 --
John Hanlon (brother) Jan 1932 --
Mary Hanlon (sister) Apr 1918 --

Headstone thumbnail: Joseph Hanlon d. 1940 and Paul O'Sullivan b. 1925
Headstone thumbnail: closeup of Paul O'Sullivan b. 1925
Joseph Hanlon 1940 born 1854
Paul O'Sullivan -- b. 8 Jan 1925 see note
note: Born in Lowell, MA, USA.
Son of Jeremiah J. O'Sullivan and Eleanor Lynch McGuire.

Headstone thumbnail: Denis Hanlon d. 1964 and Ellen Hanlon d. 1968 Denis Hanlon 28 Jun 1964 -- Crucknegerah
Ellen (wife) 12 Jan 1968 --
John (son) -- --
Mary (daughter) -- --
Margaret (daughter) -- --

Headstone thumbnail: James Hanlon d. 1930 James Hanlon 20 Sep 1930 62 Termon

Headstone thumbnail: Jack Hanlon d. 1934 and Annie Hanlon d. 1942 Jack Hanlon 1934 60 Tubberkeen
Annie (wife) 1942 81
Denis (son) 1917 23
Rose (daughter) 1960 62

Headstone thumbnail: Michael Hanlon d. 2000 Michael Hanlon 10 May 2000 -- Quay Rd, Dungloe

Headstone thumbnail: William Hanlon d. 1952 and Ann Hanlon d. 1953 William Hanlon Apr 1952 -- Cullion
Ann Hanlon Sep 1953 --
Tom Hanlon 23 Apr 1965 --

Headstone thumbnail: Joseph Hanlon d. 1962 and Mary Hanlon d. 1977
Headstone thumbnail: closeup of Joseph Hanlon d. 1962 and Mary Hanlon d. 1977
Joseph Hanlon 3 Dec 1962 74 Quay Rd
Mary (wife) 19 Jan 1977 75
Michael (son) 1 Mar 1966 38

Headstone thumbnail: John Hanlon d. 1991 and Bridget Hanlon d. 1997 John Hanlon 8 Apr 1991 84 of Cloughwally
Bridget (wife) 4 Sep 1997 89 died in London
Kathleen Teresa (dau.) 10 Aug 1967 18 died in London,
car accident

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O'Hanlon boar facing right 3: St. Mary Star of The Sea O'Hanlon boar facing left

RC, Annagry, County Donegal, Ireland

St. Mary Star of The Sea is a small Catholic church from 1895 with a large surrounding churchyard which opened in 1914. (Older burials took place at Kincasslagh.) This church is the only one in the Parish of Annagry, Diocese of Raphoe. Surveyed August 2001.

headstone name died age other details

(1)
before
1998:
Andrew Hanlon and family - old tombstone prior to 1998

(2)
as of
1998:
Andrew Hanlon and family - new headstone 1988

Andrew Hanlon -- b. ~1833 Mullaghduff
Sheila Hanlon
nee Sile Gallagher
-- b. ~1827 wife of Andrew
Hugh Hanlon 26 Feb 1956 b. 27 Nov 1864 of Mullaghduff,
son of Andrew
Catherine Hanlon
nee Catherine Duffy
25 Apr 1964 b. 12 Feb 1877 wife of Hugh
Cecelia Gallagher Hanlon 26 Feb 1971 b. 1899 daughter of Hugh
Hugh Hanlon 14 Sep 1995 -- --
Catherine Cowe Hanlon 30 Sep 1998 -- daughter of Hugh

John Hanlon and Gallagher family

John Hanlon 18 Sep 1979 82 of Calhame,
son of Hugh
Grace Hanlon
nee Grace Gallagher
13 Jul 1978 77 wife of John
John Gallagher 01 Jul 1941 82 father of Grace
Mary Gallagher 25 May 1931 72 mother of Grace

Willie Hanlon Willie Hanlon 25 Feb 1990 -- of Mullaghduff,
son of Hugh
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O'Hanlon boar facing right 4: Maghery Cemetery O'Hanlon boar facing left

RC, Maghery, County Donegal, Ireland

Maghery is a modern walled Catholic cemetery in a rural coastal setting to the West of Dungloe. There is no nearby church today. It was opened in 1974 and is affiliated with St. Crona's in Dungloe, part of the Parish of Templecrone, Diocese of Raphoe. Surveyed August 2001.

headstone name died age other details

Headstone thumbnail: Nancy Hanlon d. 1989 Nancy Hanlon2 May 198973 Caravan Road

Headstone thumbnail: Patrick Hanlon d. 1991 and Madgie Hanlon d. 1997 Patrick Hanlon29 Sep 199173 Cullion
Madgie (wife)31 Jan 199778
Daniel (son)22 Nov 1996 50

Headstone thumbnail: Hugh Hanlon d. 1987 and Mary Hanlon d. 1990 Hugh Hanlon26 Feb 1987 84 Tubberkeen
Mary Anne (sister) 28 Sep 1990 90

Headstone thumbnail: Daire Hanlon d. 1990 Dáire Hanlon14 Apr 19909
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O'Hanlon boar facing right 5: St. Crone's (ruin) O'Hanlon boar facing left

RC?/CoI?, Termon, County Donegal, Ireland

Past the Catholic cemetery in Maghery, a short distance further out along the Termon peninsula are the ruins of a very old church with its own churchyard. It is roofless and very overgrown. This is said to be the old St. Crone's church which the Parish of Templecrone was named after. If true, this would date the building to the late 1700's or even earlier. It was difficult to say if the ruined church was Catholic or Church of Ireland. Although there were a few modern headstones amongst the ancient ones we found no (legible) Hanlon headstones. Surveyed August 2001.


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O'Hanlon boar facing right 6: St. Columba's O'Hanlon boar facing left

RC, Burtonport, County Donegal, Ireland

The church has a plaque on the front commemorating its opening on 15th October 1898. There is a large expanse of tarmac parking around the church, but no cemetery. This is because it is the youngest of three churches which together comprise the Parish of Burtonport, Diocese of Raphoe. The other two churches, St. Mary's of Kincasslagh (1854) and St. Crona's of Arranmore Island (1825) each have their own cemetery. The Parish of Burtonport also has other cemeteries: Cruit (1750), Belcruit Church (1837) and Belcruit (1949). Surveyed August 2001.


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O'Hanlon boar facing right 7: St. Bridget's O'Hanlon boar facing left

RC, Lettermacaward, County Donegal, Ireland

St. Bridget's Church lies along the main road into Lettermacaward and has a large walled churchyard adjoining it set out on a steep hill. The church dates from 1893 and the adjacent cemetery from 1904. It is a part of the Parish of Templecrone, Diocese of Raphoe. Surveyed August 2001.

headstone name died age other details

Headstone thumbnail: Con Hanlon d. 1989 and Susan Hanlon d. 1988 Con Hanlon 23 Jan 1989 Madavagh, Lettermacaward
Susan Hanlon (wife) 23 May 1988

Headstone thumbnail: Joe Hanlon d. 1983 and Annie Hanlon d. 1981 Joe Hanlon 1 Mar 1983 73 Cloughwilly
Annie Hanlon 26 May 1981 68

Headstone thumbnail: John Hanlon d. 1981 and Mary Hanlon d. 1984 John Hanlon 9 Sep 1981 82 Boyoughter
Mary Kate (wife) 26 Feb 1984 69

Headstone thumbnail: James Hanlon d. 1981 and Patrick Hanlon d. 1986 James Hanlon 15 Jul 1981 Dooey
Patrick Hanlon 12 Feb 1986

Headstone thumbnail: John O'Hanlon d. 1933 and Maggie O'Hanlon d. 1923 John L. O'Hanlon 29 Jun 1933 Meenagowan
Maggie (his wife) 19 Dec 1923
Maggie (his sister) 11 Sep 1927
Hugh Gallagher 3 Dec 1968
Bridget (Hugh's wife) 16 Mar 1978 Erected by their daughter Brigid

Headstone thumbnail: Hugh Hanlon d. 1936 and Bridget Hanlon d. 1940
Headstone thumbnail: closeup of Hugh Hanlon d. 1936 and Bridget Hanlon d. 1940
Headstone thumbnail: closeup of Michael Doris d. 1966 and Nellie Doris d. 1983
Hugh Hanlon Feb 1936 90 Cloughwally
Briget Hanlon 9 Jan 1940 75
Michael Doris 8 Jul 1966
Nellie Doris 23 Apr 1983 84

Headstone thumbnail: Hanlon Family of Dooey North Hanlon Family -- -- Dooey North

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O'Hanlon boar facing right 8: St. Colmcille O'Hanlon boar facing left

Fintown, County Donegal, Ireland

Fintown has a large grassy old cemetery from 1871, behind a very modern church (1988). The church and cemetery lie along the main road running alongside the River Finn. There were several graves from the late 1800's and several too worn to read as well as many modern ones. No (legible) Hanlon headstones found. St. Colmcille is a part of the Parish of Glenties, Diocese of Raphoe. Surveyed August 2001.


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O'Hanlon boar facing right 9: Conwal Church of Ireland O'Hanlon boar facing left

CofI, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland

Conwal Parish Church of Ireland stands opposite St. Eunan's Cathedral, high on a hill on the Western side of Letterkenny, County Donegal. Both the church and the small stone walled graveyard surrounding it date from the seventeenth century, though most of the legible headstones date from the nineteenth century. A very worn flat grey stone with the faintest remains of inscriptions upon it lies just outside the vestry door - but there is no mistaking the coat of arms engraved upon it: a boar passant with lizard crest. After much watering down and chalking up, it finally gave us the oldest Hanlon headstone transcription in County Donegal. Surveyed July 2004. With thanks to Chris Hewett.

headstone inscription

Tombstone of Redmond Hanlen with five sons and daughter HERE LYETH THE BODYS OF THE FIVE SO-
NS OF REDMOND HANLEN MARCHT IN
LETTERKENY JOHN THE FIRST BORN
ALEXANDER FRANCIS - - -M AND RED=
MOND ALSO HERE LYETH THE BODY OF - -
OF WILLIAM H- -- OL - - - - U - - - AND
REDMOND HANLEN - - - - - - HIS
LIFE - - OV - - - - - - -O 1708
AGED - - - - - - - - - D 14 DAYS
also the Remains of David Conyingham
C--- - Cathn his Wife Daughter of Redd
Hanlon the-- - - - - ---- --
Goodness of Heart tha- - - - -
of Fortune - Died - -- - ---- on
He on Decr 17-7 72 yrs old S- -
the 21 Augt 1771 aged -0

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O'Hanlon boar facing right 10: Bohermore Cemetery O'Hanlon boar facing left

RC/CofI, Galway Town, County Galway, Ireland

Bohermore Cemetery was previously known as the New Cemetery in Galway Town, County Galway. It is in a populated area and has a vast walled churchyard surrounding twin chapels - I believe one side is Catholic, the other Protestant but have not got confirmation of this. Only a single grave was recorded, the rest of the cemetery was not surveyed.

headstone name died age other details

Tombstone of Patrick O'Hanlon and family Sgt. Patrick O'Hanlon 21 Sep 1966 63 born 1903
Annie O'Hanlon 23 Feb 1942 33 his wife
Sheila O'Hanlon Dec 1938 their daughter
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O'Hanlon boar facing right 11: Glasnevin Cemetery O'Hanlon boar facing left

CoI & RC, Glasnevin, Dublin City, County Dublin, Ireland

The historic Parish of Glasnevin or Glas Naeidhe in Gaelic, lies some two miles North of Dublin City. Glasnevin Cemetery adjoins St. Mobhí, a Protestant church built in 1707 over an older Catholic one. Originally named Prospect Cemetery at its consecration in September 1831, it was the first of its kind, intended for use by both Protestants and Catholics. This is undoubtedly the cause of its popularity as it grew from a modest nine acres to become the largest cemetery in Ireland: it now comprises 120 acres and has seen over a million burials. Cemetery surveyed by Dolores Sierra in the Summer of 2004 with thanks to Dolores.

headstone name died age other details

Headstone thumbnail: John O'Hanlon d. 1946 and Elizabeth O'Hanlon d. 1973
Headstone thumbnail: closeup of John O'Hanlon d. 1946 and Elizabeth O'Hanlon d. 1973
John O'Hanlon25 Aug 194654 St. Enda's, Ferrybank, Arklow
Elizabeth (wife)2 Aug 1973
Rita (daughter)9 May 2002

Headstone thumbnail: Sean O'Hanlon d. 2000 Sean O'Hanlon15 Dec 2000 b. 5 Apr 1921 Mt. Merrion

Headstone thumbnail: Michael O'Hanlon Family plot celtic cross
Headstone thumbnail: Michael O'Hanlon Family plot headstone footer
Michael O'Hanlon Mountjoy Street
Ua 69 and 70 1/2

Headstone thumbnail: Anna O'Hanlon d. 1987 and Joseph O'Hanlon d. 1994
Headstone thumbnail: closeup of Anna O'Hanlon d. 1987 and Joseph O'Hanlon d. 1994
Anna O'Hanlon5 Aug 1987 10 Upper Saint Columba's
Road, Drumcondra
Joseph (husband)11 Dec 1994
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O'Hanlon boar facing right 12: St. Begnet's Church O'Hanlon boar facing left

RC, Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland

St. Begnet's Church, Dalkey - photo courtesy of Dolores Sierra

The ruins of St. Begnet's Church are still in remarkably good condition. It is an early christian church built in the eleventh century and dedicated to an obscure virgin Saint said to have lived there in the seventh century. After the restoration, the Parish of Dalkey was merged with the Parish of Monkstown and St. Begnets fell into disuse (around 1689). It lies adjacent to Dalkey Castle in the historic and pictoresque coastal town of Dalkey, some two miles South of Dun Laoghaire and around 8 miles South East of Dublin. The cemetery continued to be used up to the ninenteenth century and is the subject of an article in the Irish Genealogist Volume 5 number 2: "Monumental Inscriptions from St. Begnet's Church, Dalkey, Co. Dublin". Cemetery surveyed by Dolores Sierra in the Summer of 2004. With thanks to Dolores.

headstone name died age other details

Headstone thumbnail: Patrick Hanlon d. 1821 Patrick Hanlon9 Jan 182116 brother of Bryan Hanlon, Jr.
Bryan (father)14 Feb 183087 Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire)
Catherine (mother)11 Oct 183465

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