St James' Church Charlestown in Co. Mayo

Inscriptions on Windows and Plaques

Original Plaque at rear of Church reads

To the greater glory of God. This Church having been erected by the exertions of Charles Strickland Esquire, of Lough Lynn House in the County of Roscommon was commenced on the feast of St James the Apostle, July the 25th 1855 and consecrated on the 3rd of November 1858, by the Right Rev Dr Durcan, Bishop of Achonry. I have loved O Lord the beauty of thy house, and the place where thy glory dwelleth.

The main window at the rear of the high altar reads

Sancta Brigid, Sancta Scarlus Buromeo, Sancta Maria, Sancta Patrick. Of your charity, pray for C I Ellison, and others who contributed to this window, 1858.

Small window, town side reads

To the memory of my sister Bridgid, and my brother Michael, Rev Charles Gildea. The other window reads To the memory of my parents, Rev Denis Gildea.

The window on the town side beside the small altar reads

In loving memory of Fr John Morrin, interned behind this altar, January 1895, Aged 39 years. Pray for him, Erected by his sorrowing brothers. The altar was donated by the O'Donnell family of Tample.

Window 1, town side

Pray for the soul of Mrs Bridget McEvoy (alias) Haran, died on the 24th of March, 1899, Erected to her memory by her sorrowing husband. Small plaque near same window reads Rev Patrick 'Bill' Durcan SDS, 1925 - 1988. Ordained 29th of June 1956. Died 5th September 1988. May his priestly soul rest in peace. Interned in Carracastle.

Window 2, the Nativity of our Saviour

In memory of Mary Gallagher, a benefactor of this parish, died on the 1st of November 1905, and of her husband James Gallagher died on the 29th of January 1891.

Window 3, Jesus in the Temple

In memory of Martin Duffy, who died on the 23rd of June 1901, and of Margaret Duffy, his wife, who died on the 1st of September 1910. Both interned in Carracastle. Pray for them.

Window 5, Our Lady and St Joseph

In loving memory of John and Maria Brett (parents), James, Paul, Maggie Brett. Erected by Mrs Bridget Parsons and Molly Brett.

Window 6, Vacant

Available for Family Remembrance.

Window 7, Rear Window at Balcony. Vacant

Also available.

Small altar on the graveyard side

The inscription reads: Pray for Mary Mullany and Thomas Mullany.

The Plaque on the right hand side reads

Pray for the soul of Very Rev Canon Higgins, PP of Kilbeagh, who departed this life on the 19th day of October 1878, in the 81st year of his life. Erected to his fond and loving memory by his nephew, P Higgins, Kilkelly.

The Shrine in the centre, dedicated to Our Lady and Child

Was erected by Ellie Francis McDonnell, Tetiary, RIP, AD 1936. Sister Gonzaga and Brother Jack 1936.

Two small plaques

In memory of Michael and Kate McDonnell, the Square, Charlestown.

The Plaque on the left hand side reads

Pray for the sould of Rev Paul Henry, CC, who died on the 9th of September 1869 aged 29 years. Brass Plaque near the altar reads Indulgenced Memorial Cross, Mission of the Passionist Fathers, May 1874, JXP.

Window 8. The Sacred Heart

John McDermott, Philadelphia, requests a prayer for his father John McDermott, Charlestown who is buried in Kilbeagh, May 1891, aged 70 years.

Brass Plaque

In memory of Michael J O'Doherty, 1874 - 1949. Archbishop of Manilla, 1916 - 1949, RIP. Ego delectabor in domino.

Small plaque

Stations of the Cross donated by Dr M Beirne, 1950. Pray for the donor.

Brass Plaque

AMDG. Electronic church bell, donated by Luke and Bridget O'Donnell. Resquescant in Peace. It is good to give you thanks, O Lord, 1984.

Window 9, St Mary and St Joseph

Please pray for the souls of our parents, James and Maria Henry, Bellaghy, who died on the 3rd of June 1896, and the 27th of July 1905, respectively. Erected by their sorrowing children, Bridget, Elizabeth and Annie.

Window 10, The Holy Family

In memory of Rev H Dillon, CC, who died on the 24th of February 1912. Pray for him.

Window 11, The Journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem

To the memory of John Morrisroe, who died in March 1911, and also his wife Mary Morrisroe, who died in February 1923. RIP.

Window 12, The washing of Disciples feet by Jesus

In memory of my husband John Crean who died on the 1st of May 1900, Erected by his wife, Annie Crean.

Window 13, Rear window, graveyard side


With grateful thanks to Fr Michael Maloney, CC for his help

© Cathal Henry 2002

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