List of Cenotaphs in Northern Ireland

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Various cenotaphs have been erected in Northern Ireland: the UK National Inventory of War Memorials provides comprehensive details of each monument in their Online Database (links provided). A private website also maintains very detailed information on a number of these monuments.

Most communities in Northern Ireland can account for losses in the conflicts of the 19th and 20th centuries especially the World Wars. To honour those that died, it was common practice for communities to contribute toward a fund to build a memorial or cenotaph. These cenotaphs are often quite striking and frequently the only decorative or sculptural structures to be seen in smaller settlements. Such cenotaphs are rarely the only memorial erected by a community: stained glass windows, plaques and similar artifacts can be found in churches and other public buildings. Indeed, often buildings themselves, especially British Legion Halls, or gardens were constructed as memorials too.

County Community Location Year List of Names Description Notes Image
Down Bangor Ward Park 1927 133 Bangor Cenotaph: Portland stone obelisk with bronze figures [1][2]
Down Bangor Ward Park Bronze deck-gun recovered from a captured German U-boat bearing the inscription "This gun taken from German submarine UB19 was allotted to Bangor (County Down) by the Admiralty in recognition of the valorous conduct of Commander the Hon. Edward Barry Stewart Bingham of H.M.S. Nestor at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916. For which he received the Victoria Cross." [2][3]
Down Holywood Redburn Square 1922 108, 26, 1 Holywood War Memorial: Bronze soldier with rifle & bayonet upon a marble plinth (plinth and surrounding stonework whitewashed) [4][5]
Down Newtownards Old Bowling Green 1934 316 Newtwnards War Memorial: Granite obelisk on a four stepped base [6][7]
Down Waringstown beside church 1921 ? Waringstown Memorial Clock: a 40-foot clock tower built from local stone with 3 dial chiming clock [8][9]
Antrim County Antrim Knochagh Hill, Monument Road 1922–1937 Knockagh Monument: an obelisk 110 feet in height set and a site 935 feet above Belfast Lough; modeled on the Wellington Memorial in Phoenix Park, Dublin. The monument dominates the skyline above Carrickfergus and Greenisland and is clearly visible from across the lough in North Down

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Antrim Glengormley Glengormley Park, Ballyclare Road 1990 Glengormley Memorial: 3.5m red marble obelisk on two brick steps [12]
Antrim Jordanstown Loughshore Park, Shore Road 1983 Jordanstown Memorial: 1.7m Free-standing tablet of polished granite [13]
Antrim Belfast In the car park of Belfast Borough Council, Translink Railway Workshops, York St, Belfast - no public access. Previously in the Carrickfergus railway station car park and originally in York Road Railway Station, Belfast (now demolished) – relocated to Carrickfergus in 1993 1921 60, 8 Midland Railway & Northern Counties Committee Memorial: an ornate stone obelisk on a square plinth with bronze name plaques; erected by Midland Railway Company [14]
Antrim Larne Inver Park near parish church 1922 147 Larne War Memorial: Bronze soldier and sailor on a 5 m Portland stone obelisk [15]
Antrim Belfast Originally constructed near the battlefield (Battle of Happy Valley) at Chaegunghyon, Korea: in 1962[16] moved to Royal Ulster Rifles barracks in Ballymena and in 2008 to the grounds of Belfast City Hall when the barracks closed[17] 1951 208 Known as the Imjin River Memorial;[18] Korean granite obelisk on a two-stepped plinth; with bronze additions in 2008 [19][20]
Antrim Belfast In an enclosure on the East side of Belfast City Hall, formerly on the NE corner of the grounds 1905 132 Boer War Memorial: an 8-foot bronze soldier in khaki uniform at the ready with rifle and bayonet upon a massive boulder set on a granite plinth (15-foot); dedicated to the Royal Irish Rifles [20][21]
Antrim Belfast West side of Belfast City Hall Belfast Cenotaph: In a sunken garden separated by a semicircle of Corinthian columns as a backdrop to a large Portland stone obelisk; the area repaved in 1993 [20][22]


  1. ^ "War Memorial: Bangor (WMR-9177)". Imperial War Museum. 
  2. ^ a b "Bangor Cenotaph". Retrieved 1 Oct 2016. 
  3. ^ "War Memorial: Bangor (WMR-9178)". Imperial War Museum. 
  4. ^ "War Memorial: Holywood (WMR-6534)". Imperial War Museum. 
  5. ^ "Holywood War Memorial". Retrieved 1 Oct 2016. 
  6. ^ "War Memorial: Newtownards And District (WMR-6535)". Imperial War Museum. 
  7. ^ "Newtownards War Memorial". Retrieved 1 Oct 2016. 
  8. ^ "War Memorial: Waringstown (WMR-9174)". Imperial War Museum. 
  9. ^ "Waringstown War Memorial". Retrieved 1 Oct 2016. 
  10. ^ "County Antrim". 
  11. ^ "Knockagh Memorial". Retrieved 1 Oct 2016. 
  12. ^ "War Memorial: Glengormley (WMR-6426)". Imperial War Museum. 
  13. ^ "War Memorial: Jordanstown (WMR-6428)". Imperial War Museum. 
  14. ^ "War Memorial: Midland Railway Northern Counties Committee (WMR-6188)". Imperial War Museum. 
  15. ^ "War Memorial: Larne (WMR-6606)". Imperial War Museum. 
  16. ^ "Royal Ulster Rifles Korean Memorial". 
  17. ^ "War Memorials Trust". Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  18. ^ "UK National Inventory of War Memorials : IMJIN RIVER MEMORIAL". 1951-01-04. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  19. ^ "War Memorial: Imjin River Memorial (WMR-6601)". Imperial War Museum. 
  20. ^ a b c "Belfast Cenotaph". Retrieved 1 Oct 2016. 
  21. ^ "War Memorial: Royal Irish Rifles (WMR-43479)". Imperial War Museum. 
  22. ^ "War Memorial: Bangor (WMR-6602)". Imperial War Museums.