The latest in a series of projects aimed at documenting the social history of Limerick and surrounding areas through one of the country’s largest cemeteries has been launched.
Limerick Museum and Archives (LM&A) in partnership with Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, has produced an online, searchable database of grave markers belonging to the estimated 70,000 people buried in Mount St. Lawrence Cemetery, hundreds of whom come from the southeast parts of County Clare.
An interactive map, which is publicly available on www.mountsaintlawrence.limerick.ie, shows the exact location of individual burial plots, and is the result of work carried out over the past two years by more than 350 volunteers who photographed and transcribed grave markers throughout the 18-acre site.
Mayor of Limerick Kathleen Leddin paid tribute to the hundreds of students and academics from the Geography and History Departments of Mary Immaculate College who together with Limerick Museum and Archives volunteered their time to provide “a useful and fascinating record of burials in Limerick City’s largest graveyard.”
“The development of a publicly-available online map that allows people to pinpoint the exact location within the cemetery of their loved one’s burial plot is a wonderful achievement for everyone concerned and greatly complements last year’s launch of database of burial records. Our cemeteries and the stories surrounding those who are buried there contain vital links to our past and therefore, it is important that these stories and the location of the final resting places of our citizens are documented,” Mayor Leddin added.
LM&A Archivist Jacqui Hayes explained: “The Geography and History Departments of Mary Immaculate College have been working with us for almost three years on a joint project to digitise the records of Mount St. Lawrence and to showcase its historic importance to the city. The information that has been collated will prove to be an invaluable resource, particularly for those conducting genealogical research in the Limerick area.”
“Coupled with the launch of the new map and a book on the history of Mount St Lawrence, this conference will also explore a range of themes that explore the social and physical acts surrounding burial and death in both modern and ancient Ireland. This conference is for everyone interested in the area of our heritage, and is especially timely considering Limerick is this year celebrating being Ireland’s first National City of Culture.”