Friday, September 17, 2010

Alice Cogavin, aged 13

Alice Cogavin, Lawrencetown, County Galway 5 November 1935, age 13 years;
Mary Cogavin, her mother, 21 August 1943;
 John Cogavin, Alice's father, 10 November 1971

This beautiful headstone was first erected to the memory of Alice Cogavin, age 13. An obituary for Alice appeared in the Irish Independent Newspaper, 6 November 1935. She died at Ireland's first hospice, Lady Mount in Harold's Cross; it is now called Our Lady Hospice. Founded by the Religious Sisters of Charity in 1879, the hospice is known for providing palliative care for TB victims in the 19th century, and also for people dying from auto-immune diseases in the 20th century. The Gaelic phrase in her obituary, "Go ndéanaidh Dia trócaire ar a h-anam", approximately translates to "May God have mercy on her noble soul".

Alice's family lived in Lawrencetown, County Galway, in the west of Ireland. It seemed curious that she would be buried in Mount Jerome, particularly because at the time of Alice's interment there were no other Cogavin family relations buried in Mount Jerome; however, her death at the nearby hospice explains, at least in part, the reason for her interment at Mount Jerome.

For a more light-hearted story about my discovery of Alice's grave visit "Whispers in Mount Jerome".
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