According to the history books, the story goes that Cindy the elephant became famous whilst parading through the town, before the circus performance. Cindy wandered into Stephen Mannion’s pub on Main Street. Patsy Glynn Snr captured the moment and the photograph appeared in many newspapers and in the Vintner’s magazine with the caption ‘customers come in all shapes and sizes’.

When Cindy died in Athenry in 1972, there was much discussion as to where she would be buried. Castlerea Towns Trust offered a site in the Demesne and Cindy was buried there. It wasn’t until 2014 that Seán Browne decided to mark the grave site and with the help of local businessmen Benny O’Connell and John Keenan and the expertise of stone mason Declan Hawthorne, his dream became a reality. Chris Kane from Williamstown wrote the epitaph. The grave has become quite popular with locals and visitors alike.

If you’d like to visit Cindy’s grave, enter the Demesne through the gate on the Ballindrimley Road and walk along the path until you are opposite the entrance to Cahill’s SuperValu / Mart.

Ref: Roscommon Herald

Comments (5)

  • Susan

    My father John Waldron buried the elephant with one of our diggers and we were all there at the time.. i remember it very well……

  • maryoliviamurray@hotmail.com

    My late mum Bernadette Finnerty Ballingare is in the far right of the Photo

  • dom noone

    Castlerea people. ..the best. Great story

  • Pat Falkenstern

    Never knew that and I was living at home then!!!

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