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 survey has been carried out of some
of these old graveyards. The graveyards included in this survey were:
Caheragh, Drimoleague, Drinagh, Creagh, Kilcoe, Aughadown
and the two graveyards in Chapel Lane, 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.
To search these records please go to
To find out more about the Graveyard project and to learn how to search this database
visit the FAQ Page
Update November 2012:
The project team are delighted to announce we have
added three new graveyards to the site; Caheragh Old Graveyard, Abbeymahon and
Chapel Lane Graveyards in Skibbereen. Also for the first time "unmarked" graves
and "un-inscribed" individuals are available to search on the site. Thank you to
everyone who helped with the 2012 survey.
This Project was supported by
The Heritage Council