The Cabbage Garden, Dublin

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Cabbage Garden Burial Ground
Cabbage Garden Cemetery.jpg
Part of the burial ground that has been converted into a public park.
The Cabbage Garden, Dublin is located in Central Dublin
The Cabbage Garden, Dublin
Location in Central Dublin
Established 1666
Closed 1896
Location Cathedral Lane, Dublin
Country Ireland
Coordinates Coordinates: 53°20′13″N 6°16′12″W / 53.337°N 6.270°W / 53.337; -6.270
Type Public
Owned by Chapter of St. Patrick's Cathedral
Size 0.56 ha (1.4 acres)

The Cabbage Garden (Irish: Garraí an Chabáiste[1]) is a former burial ground off Upper Kevin St. in Dublin's south inner city.[2]


The ground was consecrated by James Margetson, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh in 1668. It consisted of a plot of land which was set apart by the Dean and Chapter of St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1666 for the purposes of a cemetery for the inhabitants of St. Patrick's Close and of the parish of St. Nicholas Without, as their cemetery had become overcrowded. Later part of this plot was reserved for the burial of Huguenots, who worshipped in the Lady Chapel in the Cathedral.[3]

The name of the plot can be traced back to the arrival of Oliver Cromwell in Dublin 1649, who planted cabbages on this spot to feed his soldiers.[4]

The burial ground was closed in 1878 to all but 14 families. The last interment took place in 1896 and the cemetery closed early in the 20th century.[5] Towards the end of the century part of the ground was converted into a public park while the rest was covered by public housing constructed by Dublin Corporation at the junction of Cathedral Lane and Upper Kevin St., which opened in 1982. The park can be reached by way of Cathedral Lane (until 1792 called Cabbage Garden Lane).[6]

Notable Burials[edit]

References and sources[edit]


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  3. ^ Bernard, p. 28
  4. ^ Dublin Historical Record, p. 1
  5. ^ Journal
  6. ^ Bardon, p. 15
  7. ^ Journal


  • Bernard, J H (1905). The Cathedral Church of St. Patrick. London: George Bell and sons. 
  • Igoe, Vivien. Dublin Burial Grounds & Graveyards. Wolfhound Press, 2001. ISBN 0-86327-872-8.
  • Bardon, Carol and Jonathan (1988). If ever you go to Dublin Town. Belfast: Blackstaff Press. ISBN 0-85640-397-0. 
  • Dublin Historical Record, Vol. XIV, No. 3
  • Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead in Ireland, 1894, p. 242