Irish Gaelic on memorials? Re St Giles, Exhall in the Court of Arches


In Re St Giles, Exhall [2020] ECC Cov 1, Mrs Caroline Newey, the daughter of Margaret Keane, sought a faculty for a memorial on her mother’s grave [1]. Mrs Keane and her husband had been born in Ireland:

“They remained proud of their Irish heritage and were active in the work of the Gaelic Athletic Association [GAA] both in Coventry and nationally. This was an important public service to the Irish community in the United Kingdom and formed a major part of Mrs Keane’s life and of her work for others [2]”.

The petition sought a faculty for a memorial stone which would include the words “Inár gcroíthe go deo”: Irish Gaelic for “in our hearts forever” [3 & 4]. Continue reading