Graveyards are very important places, both as a respectful resting place for our
loved ones and as part of our valuable heritage. Older graveyards, even with the
best efforts, erode over time and many of the older headstones become illegible.
It is really important, therefore, to preserve the identity of those who are
buried in these older graveyards, so that a permanent record exists alongside
the vulnerable headstone.
West Cork has numerous old graveyards, many dating from the middle ages. With the support of the Heritage Council, a
has been carried out of some of these old graveyards. The graveyards included in this survey were: Caheragh, Drimoleague, Drinagh, Creagh, Kilcoe, Aughadown as well as Abbeymahon and Chapel Lane Graveyards in Skibbereen. The marking of graves with headstones of all makes and sizes became popular from the late 17th century onwards so the majority of the transcriptions date from the early 1800s on. The survey involved photographing, mapping and transcribing the monuments as well as collecting any local knowledge relating to the graveyard and those buried in them.
Skibbereen Heritage Centre is pleased to host a searchable database of the graveyards recorded by this project.
Skibbereen Heritage Centre has also transcribed the burial
for some West Cork graveyards, which were kindly made available by Cork County
Council. When complete this database will include registers for: Abbeymahon,
Abbeystrowry, Allihies, Ardagh, Ballymoney, Castlehaven, Coronea, Drimoleague,
Durrus Island, Fanlobbus, Kilbarry, Kilcaskan, Kilmacabea, Rathbarry, Tullagh
and Whiddy Island. These will be made available in stages. Information made available on this website includes burial details such as name, date of death, date of
burial and address. The original pages from the registers are also available to download in PDF format. Please note Skibbereen Heritage Centre does not hold the
registers or any additional information on these sites, or on other graveyards
in the area.
To search these databases please go to
our Search Page
To find out more about the Graveyard projects including information on the locations
of graveyards, the years covered by burial registers and to learn how to
search this database visit our FAQ Page
This Graveyard Survey Project
was supported by
The Heritage Council
The Burial Register Project
is supported by
Cork County Council