by Kieran Clendinning
There is not in the town of Lurgan a spot with which more hallowed recollections are associated with than the ancient graveyard of Shankill. Here the presence of the past is palpable. Entering the grounds you have the sense that wherever you step you are walking over the bones of long dead people both Planter and Gael who founded this once secluded spot as a resting place for the remains of their dead. Some graves with headstones are carefully tended while many more are nameless, and apparently untouched for at least a generation, leaving the visitor conscious of the overlapping layers of human history crumbling into one another. However, it is sad to relate that the silent stones are but a dream of past with vandalism and weather creating a detrimental effect on so peaceful an environment. Here smashed headstones, many so badly chipped or damaged beyond repair, leaves a void in recording the names of the many eminent people interred here who contributed to the social, political and industrial development of the town in the past has now perished.