Some people don’t like to visit graveyards, maybe it reminds then of their own mortality, I, however, find them interesting and full of historical information. Recently, on the way home from Kilronan Castle, I stopped by the graveyard which is about a mile from Keadue village. It is most famous as the burial place of Turlough O’Carolan the famous harpist and bard who was buried here in 1738. I could’nt find any original stone that marked O’Carolan’s grave. There is however a plaque that was inserted in the old Abbey wall sometime in the 80s. The magnificient Celtic Cross is situated on the highest point in the graveyard overlooking the lake and is the burial place of Edward King Tennison of Kilronan Castle.
I am totally amazed by this cross and to me it is a true work of art. The Celtic patterns on it are really beautiful and it would have taken a true craftsman to carve them. There are many interpretations of the meanings of these Celtic symbols. To me the outer symbolises continuity, perhaps the continuity of reincarnation? The inner spirals are said to represent balance between inner and outer consciousness.
We really will never know the true meaning of these symbols as they are all symbols from the Druidic faith in which it was forbidden to put sacred material in writing. Each of us, whatever our belief, can look at these symbols and take some meaning from them. They are universal in their appeal.
Also in the graveyard is the ruin of the old 14th century church. All that remains now are the walls and this magnificient Romanesque doorway which was reused from an earlier church built on the site in late 12th or early13th century.