Patrick Crowley, creator of the blog West Cork History – History of Durrus Muintervara, has brought out a transcription of burials in the Schull District of County Cork. West Cork is Jim Lannin’s paternal ancestral homeland, with his father’s maternal grandfather, John Skuse, coming from Glengarriff, near Bantry, and his paternal Lannin grandparents, James and Martha, coming from Schull.
The burials in these records took place from 1630 through 2014. They include burials of people with the surnames Lannin, Landen, Raycraft, Roycroft, Levis, Johnson, Camier, Skuse, McCarthy, Kingston, Cole, Newman, Shannon, Attridge, Donovan, Hegarty, Jermyn, Barry, Daly, Connell, and O’Driscoll, among others.
Paul Cotter Chestnut wrote in a RootsWeb post of the cemetery and churches of Schull: “There is a beautiful old ruin on Colla Road overlooking the harbor. It is St. Mary’s Church, built probably in the sixteenth century (see Short History of the Ruins of St. Mary’s Church, Colla Road, Schull, Mizen Journal, vol. 8, 2000). The grounds are still used as a cemetery. The combination of ruins, cemetery, meadows, and harbor make for an unforgettable scene. This church was Church of Ireland, after confiscation of church lands by Henry VIII. There is a Catholic Church on the main street in town, also called St. Mary’s. I am told it was built in about 1828, during the period of Catholic emancipation. It appears, though, that the cemetery at Old St. Mary’s has always been used by both Protestants and Catholics.”
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