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Claggan Graveyard is the oldest graveyard in Ballycroy. There is a well that dates back to time of St. Fintan. St. Fintan was crossing from Achill to Claggan when his deer broke its leg. He stayed in Claggan and it is said that he lived to be a very old age. “Teach Fintan” or the “House of St. Fintan” is at the site of a small church near Claggan Graveyard. St. Fintan was the author of “The Pagan History of Ireland”. There is a well in the graveyard, which is dedicated to St. Fintan; a station was traditionally performed on three Saturdays before the 15 of August. There is a rock outside Claggan Graveyard and a small well beside it. It is said that if you bless yourself with the water from the well you will be able to move the rock with your small finger. St. Fintan's Grave has a slab over it and the slab is inscribed with a plain cross. Approximately two feet of the slab is visible and the earth hides the remainder. We believe that Claggan Graveyard is 300 years old.

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