TARBERT is remembering generations of its dead who were not afforded the usual Christian rituals in their burials.
Generations of babies who perished before they were baptised, suicides and victims of the Great Famine will be remembered in a special Mass this Friday at Mona Kyle Burial Ground in Dooncaha.
Plans are now afoot to clean up both the Mona Kyle Burial Ground for unbaptised children and suicides, and the neighbouring Famine Graveyard at Carhoona so that they might become areas of devotion and regular visits.
Local man Sean Guerin is one of the few to remember the last burial of an unbaptised child at Mona Kyle.
"It was back in the 1930s. I remember the child's father, a tradesman, making the box, and the burial in Mona Kyle.
"I think there's a lot more sympathy these days for all of them who were buried in both graveyards and a lot of people have been asking us how it is they never heard of either site."
Also included in the history is the Barton's House Famine soup kitchen. It was from here that the bodies of those who died in the Famine were taken a mile up river to the graveyard. Mass will be celebrated by parish priest Fr Danny Broderick at 7.30pm in Mona Kyle