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Errigal Truagh Grave Slab
 

County

Monaghan

Coordinates

N 54° 23' 11.76"   W 006° 59' 02.7"

Nearest town

Aughnacloy

Grid Ref.

H 65986 49141

Map No.

19

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

65

Date of visit

Wednesday 1 July 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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A grave slab with mortal symbols.


The graveyard at Errigal Truagh is important for the great number of decorated slabs for the many members and descendants of the MacKenna family, Lords of Truagh.
All their slabs carry their coat of arms with a stag. The MacKennas (originally Mac Cionaodha) are a branch of the Southern Ui Neill and the first MacKenna, according to a legend, was Hugh MacKenna, a nobleman from the Kells area. He was hunting a big stag when he caught and killed him at a spot which is now in the north of county Monaghan. The local chieftain invited him over at his camp as a guest and here Hugh fell in love with the chieftain's daughter. He married her and remained in that area where his descendants outnumbered other local clans.
The stag in the coat of arms is a reminder to that event.
There are also many grave slabs for the Conlans and Connellys, with the motto "Cum Copia Splendor".
In the same graveyard there is also a ruinous church facing to the east (85°) with only the east and west gables still standing. There's also a large family tomb with a fine decoration with angels blowing trumpets.


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