Crean / Cryan Memorials

Sligo Abbey

Sligo Abbey with Crean Tomb

Crean Tomb (1506)
Sligo Abbey

Andrew Crean, or O'Crean, who from
Prior of Sligo, became Bishop of Elphin. He was a native of Sligo, and a member
of the most distinguished family then in the place after that of the
O'Connors. They appear to have settled in Sligo towards the close of the fifteenth
century; and the first of this branch of whom we have any record, is Cormac, who
is buried in the beautiful altar tomb which stands in the nave of the church, and
which bears a Latin inscription, thus rendered by Mr. Langrishe, the
distinguished architect and antiquary, in the "Kilkenny Journal" of

Hic . jacet . Cormacus. Ocraian .
Et Ehon ac . Nanangasa . uxor.
Eis . an . Do., MCCCCC VI.

Here lieth Cormac O'Craian,
. . . . . . and Nanangasa, his wife,
The year of the Lord, 1506.

(History of Sligo O'Rorke)

An investigation into the tomb from behind the
wall found the remains of four bodies.

Crean Coat of Arms from tomb

Crean Coat of Arms (detail)


The O'Crean tomb dated to 1506, bearing panels in front with the Crucifixion in the centre, the Virgin Mary and St. John on either side; other figures are probably to be identified as St. Dominic (in friar's robes), St. Katherine (with remains of a wheel), St. Peter (with keys), St. Michael (with shield and raised sword), and there are other unidentified figures.


Mary Crean Lynch (1759)
Sligo Abbey

Crean Coat of Arms


"Mrs Mary Crean alias Lynch of Stran-
dhill departed this life 2nd July 1759
aged 84 years. Mrs Monica Geoghegan
alias Crean of Strandhill departed this
life 17th October 1759 aged 48. This
monument was erected by Mr Murragh
Geoghegan for his mother in law
who here lies."



Head Stone Of Dominic and
Mary Crean Of Sligo (1743)
Sligo Abbey


"Here Lies The Body of Mrs Mary
Crean Alias Loftus Wife Of
Dominic Crean Of  Sligo
Who Departed This Life The c - Day Of
Nov 1743 Aged ----- years.  Also
The Body of Mr Dominic Crean
Who Departed This Life The 4th
Day Of Oct 1743 Aged 57 years.
This Stone Was Erected By
His Elder Son Captain John
Crean of Jamaica."

This Stone is located on the ground
against the Abbey wall immediately on the right
after passing through the far right
Arch of the Rood Screen. It is beneath the
remains of Roebuck O'Crean's stone.
(Sean Crean)



Crean Coats of Arms
Sligo Abbey

Crean Coat of Arms

From base of stone on right


From base of stone in middle
(Crean motto)

Ardcarne Cemetery
Co Roscommon

Crean - Mc Dermot
Crucifixion Plaque (1668)

From historical display sign situated outside cemetery walls


Position of Plaque behind Ardcarne Church

Crucifixion Plaque

Crean Coat of Arms

"Crean" from inscription below Crean Coat of Arms


Ardcarne Cemetery
Co Roscommon
Daniel Cryan (1816)

Position of gravestone



"Lord have mercy on the soul of
Daniel Cryan who departed this
 life the 24th December, 1816 aged 76
 years. This stone was erected
 by his dutiful son Robert Cryan
of Boyle.
Also Matilda Cryan alias Lytle
wife of [s?] Robert Cryan who
departed in July 1822
aged 52 years.
Robert Cryan died 11th July 1833
aged 60 years.
Peter Cryan MD departed
this life 5th April 1874
aged 76 years"


Ardcarne Cemetery
Co Roscommon

John Cryan (1935)



Ardcarne Cemetery
"In Loving Memory of John Cryan who died Dec 14th 1935 and his wife Eleanor Mary who died March 18th 1950. Their son John E. who died in June 27th 1979. Bernard Redmond died 12 October 1984." Small stone on left "Marcella Cryan, Carrick Road d. 10-9-1987."



Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin

Grave of
 Dr Robert Cryan MRIA
(1826 - 1881)

Family Tree

Article from Centenary Edition of
Roscommon Herald 1859 - 1959


General position Vault B27 Garden (First monument on left)




Upper inscription

"To the memory of
Mary Ellen
By her beloved husband
Dr Robert Cryan
Of 54 Rutland Square West
She died on the 24th Oct 1865
Aged 32 years
Also of Dr Robert Cryan MRIA
Fellow of the College of Physicians
Physician to St Vincent's Hospital
Professor of Anatomy and Physiology
In the Catholic University of Ireland
Since its foundation in 1855
Died 17th February 1881
Aged 54 years

Lower inscription

"Also of  James Reilly late of
Boyle Co Roscommon
Who died 20th December 1889 aged 79 years
Also Mary Anne Reilly widow of the above James
Who died 7th February 1891
And of Robert J Reilly, who died
1st August 1893 aged 32 years

[Mary Anne Reilly was originally Mary Anne Cryan, sister of
Dr Robert Cryan MRIA]


Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin

Grave of
 Robert William Whitty
(c1865 - 1907)
[Son of  Dr Robert Cryan MRIA]



Main inscription

Side inscription