St. Finbarr's Cemetery

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St. Finbarr's Cemetery
Republican plot
St. Finbarr's Cemetery is located in Ireland
St. Finbarr's Cemetery
Location in Ireland
Glasheen Road, Cork
CountryRepublic of Ireland
TypeCatholic and Church of Ireland
Stylegarden cemetery
Owned byCork City Council
Size8.1 ha (20 acres)
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St. Finbarr's Cemetery (Irish: Reilig Naomh Fionn Barra) in Cork, Ireland, is the city's largest and one of the oldest cemeteries in Ireland which is still in use.[citation needed] Located on the Glasheen Road, it was first opened in the 1860s. The entrance gateway was erected circa 1865, and the mortuary chapel consecrated in 1867.[1][2][3]

Many of the early burials were of the wealthy citizens of the city. Unlike older cemeteries, St. Finbarr's was professionally laid out with numbered pathways and wide avenues.[4]


Grave of three Old IRA volunteers, killed by a Black and Tan grenade attack on St Patrick's Street, Cork on 23 November 1920.

Among those buried at St. Finbarr's Cemetery are hurler and Taoiseach Jack Lynch; the sculptor Seamus Murphy, the antiquarian Richard Rolt Brash who was among the first to decipher writing in the ancient Ogham writing style; and Cork's first Lord Mayor Daniel Hegarty.

St. Finbarr's contains one of the largest burial plots of Irish Republicans who died during the 1920s. There are also more recent burials of members of the Provisional IRA and the Official IRA. This is known as the Cork Republican Plot, and among those buried there are former Lords Mayor of Cork Terence McSwiney and Tomás Mac Curtain, hunger striker Joseph Murphy. Other republicans who are buried at St. Finbarr's, but not in the Republican Plot, include Flying Column leader Tom Barry, former government minister James J. Walsh and Dan "Sandow" O'Donovan. Commemorations of the 1916 Rising are held annually at the Republican Plot on Easter Sunday by various groups including Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, the Workers' Party of Ireland and Republican Sinn Féin.

The "musicians' corner" contains the graves of Aloys Fleischmann (Senior) and Aloys Fleischmann, and the composer Arnold Bax.

It also contains a mass grave where 72 women who died at St. Vincent's, Peacock Lane, a Magdalene Laundry, are buried.[5]


  1. ^ "Search Error: Buildings of Ireland: National Inventory of Architectural Heritage".
  2. ^ "Search Error: Buildings of Ireland: National Inventory of Architectural Heritage".
  3. ^ "A stroll through St. Finbarr's cemetery in Cork - Historic Graves Blog".
  4. ^ "Find A Grave: Saint Finbarr's Cemetery".
  5. ^ Ward, James (16 July 2015). "'Give me back my mother's body': Woman whose mum was buried in Magdalene Laundry mass grave demands justice".

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Coordinates: 51°52′59″N 8°30′00″W / 51.883°N 8.5°W / 51.883; -8.5