Thursday, 18 February 2010



St Finbarr’s Cemetery on the Glasheen Road is one of the oldest and largest in the region. First opened in the middle of the 19th century, it numbers among its graves the final resting places of former Taoiseach Jack Lynch and the rebel Lord Mayors Tomas McCurtain and Terence McSwiney.

McCurtain and McSwiney are buried in the Republican plot and other groups to have plots of their own include some religious orders and there is also a baby corner, perhaps the saddest spot of all.

Called there today to check some stonework being done on a family grave and had a walk around, taking in the different types of monuments and memorial stones. The graveyard, which has two chapels (no longer used) onsite, had been well laid out from the start and the newer area graves are now devoid of surrounding kerbstones, making it easier to maintain them.

You will see different spellings for it but the Cork City Council site uses St. Finbarr’s. The site also informs you that there are no longer plots available. For further information on records and so on you may ring the Glasheen Road facility on 021- 4545997 or email, rather ironically, to

Check out my review of St Finbarr's Cemetery - I am cork - on Qype

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