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Finnis RC

County : Down

Denomination : Roman Catholic

Graveyard Name : Finnis RC

Civil Parish : Dromara

Town / Townland : Finnis

OS Reference : J285477

Other Information : OS 28 Grid Ref 285477 This is in the townland of Finnis and parish of Dromara, a mile and a half south of Dromara town The church was built in 1833 and rebuilt about the end of the century, but there was possibly a building there from the 16th century and the oldest stone in the graveyard dates from 1767 The graveyard is attractively situated just to the south of a bridge on the Lagan known as Massford and slopes steeply There are old graves to north and south of the church, but the oldest are to the south A few of the stones are of soft sandstone or granite and the inscriptions have become unreadable but most can still be deciphered All stones with dates of death before 1900 have been copied. [There is a memorial tablet of white limestone in the porch] PPs, Dromara Parish V Rev D McKay 1694-1704; F McKinney, VG 1778-1790; D Mooney 1790-1812; F Reavey 1812-1833; M McCartan 1833-1838; P Devlin, VG 1838-1850; J Irwin 1850-1885; D Mallon 1885-1902; J O'Hara 1902-1907; J Savage 1907-1920; P McAvoy 1920-1933; E McConville 1933-1958; A McMallon 1958-1967; M H O'Rorke 1967-1972; [The will of the Reverend John Irwin, late of Finnis, county Down, CC, who died 7 December 1885 at same place, was proved at Belfast 4 April 1887, by Daniel McKinney of Gransha in said county, farmer, one of the executors Effects 91].

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