June 15, 2009

Limerick Ireland Burial Registers Online

Limerick City Council has become the first local authority in the country to
put its burial registers on-line.

Burial records for the city’s largest cemetery, Mount Saint Lawrence,dating back more than 150 years will now be easily available to the public over the internet

It is now possible to access a copy of the original handwritten entries of burials in Mount St Lawrence cemetery, from 1855 onwards on Limerick City Council’s website, www.limerick.ie

Each entry in the record is handwritten and records the name of the person, the
date of burial, the location of the grave, the age of the deceased and the last residence. With the click of a mouse, it is possible to turn the pages of the book to view the next set of entries.

Mount St Lawrence was first opened in 1849 when a new graveyard was needed in
Limerick as a result of the both the 1830’s cholera epidemic and the Great Famine of 1845-1850.

Every person buried has a one line entry and these persons came from every street and lane in Limerick. For many years the majority of entries on a single page are from the Limerick Union and Limerick Lunatic Asylum. These were later known as St Joseph’s Hospital and the City Home.

Tips:
in order to view the registers you must first have a DjVu plug-in. You can download this by clicking the DjVu link above and following the steps

Please wait for the files to open. The files are large so download speeds will vary depending on your connection

There are four registers, please click on the links below to access the records:

Book One 1855-1896

Book Two 1896-1935 Parts of this volume are very faint and difficult to read

Book Three 1935-1961

Book Four 1961-2008

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