A very exciting launch of ‘No Stone Unturned', a book based around memorial inscriptions researched by Luke Baxter and Hugh Farrell, with photography by Michelle Ghee, was launched in Longford County Library last night.
The launch was performed by the Most Reverend Dr Michael Geoffrey Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin, Bishop of Glendalough and Primate of Ireland.
Speaking at the event, the Archbishop - whose parents are buried in Longford - said that one of the things that ‘No Stone Unturned’ suggested was that every detail is looked after and every decision is noted.
“The stones carry history within them and details of the lives of people so the we can remember them and celebrate them,” he added.
As the book's title suggests, the researchers left literally no stone unturned, with inscriptions copied from St John’s churchyard, Presbyterian Cemetery Battery Road, Templemichael Glebe, St Mel’s Cathedral, Convent of Mercy, St Catherine's, Church of Ireland, Ballymacormack and wall plaques in St Mel’s College Longford.
“The tragedies and the triumphs of Longford are contained within this publication,” Mr Farrell told the large crowd that gathered.
“The work was undertaken four years ago and has been ongoing since.
“The amount of information on some of those stones is incredible, they contain dates of birth and death, place of birth, and in the case of married women in many cases it gives their maiden names.
“On most of the military tombs it gives short biographies on cause of death and service.”
He then went on to provide some examples.
For more on this, see next week’s Longford Leader