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Coolshannagh Cemetery:
As part of Heritage Week, the Heritage Office of Monaghan County Council had a very extensive programme of events organised for the week. One event was a talk at the Coolshannagh Cemetery, Monaghan. The talk was given by Enda Galligan of the Old Monaghan Society and it was a most interesting evening. The rain came down in torrents at the starting time and so Enda and Heritage officer, Sandra McQuaid, decided that he would go ahead inside. He began by giving a brief history of the Chapel of Rest and of the developments and improvements in more recent time led by Liz Murphy, Alan Haslett and David Maxwell. How the Cenetery came into existence and how it was used over the years gave us a real understanding of life in and around Monaghan at the time. Enda then went on to detail some of the more ‘famous’ families who are interred there and the part they played in the life of Monaghan, and indeed many other places. One family was that of  ‘Ryan’ who were blacksmiths and made the iron gates at the entrance. Enda had some light hearted stories of various people who now rest in the Cemetery and again it cast a light on life in Monaghan over the past centuries. The rain ceased and the sun came out and we were all able to stroll about the graves and see the names and details of those buried there including the ‘famous’ mentioned by Enda in his talk. There was tea/coffee and tasty bites for all and of course plenty of chat. It was a terrific event and one that many more people would enjoy and appreciate. Well done to Enda and Sandra.  
Coolshannagh Cemetery:
As part of Heritage Week, the Heritage Office of Monaghan County Council had a very extensive programme of events organised for the week. One event was a talk at the Coolshannagh Cemetery, Monaghan. The talk was given by Enda Galligan of the Old Monaghan Society and it was a most interesting evening. The rain came down in torrents at the starting time and so Enda and Heritage officer, Sandra McQuaid, decided that he would go ahead inside. He began by giving a brief history of the Chapel of Rest and of the developments and improvements in more recent time led by Liz Murphy, Alan Haslett and David Maxwell. How the Cenetery came into existence and how it was used over the years gave us a real understanding of life in and around Monaghan at the time. Enda then went on to detail some of the more ‘famous’ families who are interred there and the part they played in the life of Monaghan, and indeed many other places. One family was that of  ‘Ryan’ who were blacksmiths and made the iron gates at the entrance. Enda had some light hearted stories of various people who now rest in the Cemetery and again it cast a light on life in Monaghan over the past centuries. The rain ceased and the sun came out and we were all able to stroll about the graves and see the names and details of those buried there including the ‘famous’ mentioned by Enda in his talk. There was tea/coffee and tasty bites for all and of course plenty of chat. It was a terrific event and one that many more people would enjoy and appreciate. Well done to Enda and Sandra.  
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