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Detail of stained glass window by Louis Comfort Tiffany in Arlington Street Church, Boston.  It depicts John the Baptist. Photo:John Stephen Dwyer CC=BY=SA=3.0

Detail of stained glass window by Louis Comfort Tiffany in Arlington Street Church, Boston. It depicts John the Baptist.
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Truthful Tombstone in Kinvara Church

The most remarkable object within the town is the old church and burial place. It is particularly worthy of the antiquary’s especial notice, that the gable-end of the ruinous ecclesiastical edifice, just mentioned, which fronts the neighbouring castle, presents in that direction a round aperture, apparently designed for a clock. In the burial ground, surrounding the ancient house of worship, there are some comical monumental inscriptions to be met with. Amongst them are the following. On one tomb-stone is the pious couplet,
“James O’ Farrell lies under this stone; Pray for him, Christians – to sin he was prone.”
On another stone we find,

” Pray for the soul of Father Patrick Neilan, who
Dyed in ye year 1753,
Who lies under this stone,
He that feared but God alone.”

Of those departed persons, whose names are thus attempted to be perpetuated in doggrel verse at Kinvarra, it may be said with Grey,
” Their names, their years 
spelt by th’ unletter’d muse 
The place of fame and elegy supply.”

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