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Are all the Glasnevin Trust cemeteries the same?
Cemetery design has changed over the ages. Pre-1900 Cemeteries – Victorian Garden Cemeteries - had large ornate structures, monuments, crypts and buildings with winding manicured pathways. Post 1900 cemeteries evolved to become a more landscaped area with smaller headstones – Lawn Cemeteries. The main differences in the Glasnevin Trust Cemeteries are explained here.
Lawn Cemetery - Palmerstown, Dardistown and Newlands Cross.
Headstones will be placed on pre-laid foundations and the surface of the plots will be planted with grass and maintained by the cemetery management. The cost of the foundation is not included in the purchase price of the grave and has to be purchased separately. All graves are 4’ wide and will take at least 4 burials. All graves are border graves. It should be noted that no items are to be placed on the grave surface.
Victorian Garden Cemetery - Goldenbridge and Glasnevin
These cemeteries were developed in the 1800s. Applications have to be made for foundations before headstones can be placed on graves. The cost of the foundation is not included in the purchase price of the grave and has to be purchased separately. The surface of the plots is not planted with grass and must be maintained by the family, unless the cemetery management is employed to do so. All graves are 2ft wide and the numbers of burials vary (although each grave may hold at least 2 burials, this cannot be guaranteed). Graves are both border graves and interior graves (not on a pathway).
What types of graves are available in Glasnevin Cemetery & Goldenbridge Cemetery?
The graves can be described as follows :
Single Grave 8ft x 2ft (244cm x 60.96cm) - No kerbing/surrounds permitted
Double Grave 8ft x 4ft (244cm x 120cm) - Kerbing permitted
Treble Grave 8ft x 6ft (244cm x 180cm)
All single interior graves are 8ft long by 2ft wide. No kerbing is allowed on single graves. Graves are not situated beside a pathway. They already have one old burial, which took place around the early 1900s.They were never bought by the family of the person already interred and therefore can be sold by the Cemetery as new graves. The number of burials in each grave varies but each interior grave usually holds 2 burials & possibly more depending on the time between each burial & the number of burials either side (although the number of burials in a grave cannot be guaranteed). Interior graves are available in St. Patrick’s Section, St. Paul’s Section (only if existing family grave there), The South Section and the Dublin Section of the Cemetery (* Doubles only). The cost of the foundation is not included in the purchase price of the grave and has to be purchased separately.
All double graves are 8ft long by 4ft wide. They are beside a pathway. They do not contain previous burials. The number of burials in a grave varies but each border grave usually holds 2 burials & possibly more depending on the time between each burial & the number of burials either side (although the number of burials in a grave cannot be guaranteed). They are available in St. Bridget’s Section, The Dublin Section and The South Section of the Cemetery. The cost of the foundation is not included in the purchase price of the grave and has to be purchased separately.
* Only if available (new section only)
The three sections at the Finglas end of the Cemetery - St. Mobhí, Tolka Vale and Old Finglas - overlook the Tolka river and are adjacent to the Finglas Road.
St. Mobhí Section
This is a grassed landscaped section and is the largest section in the new development. All graves are 8ft long by 3ft wide. Each grave will hold a minimum of 3 burials. Kerbing is not allowed in this section and it should also be noted that no items are to be placed on the grave surface. The height of monuments is restricted to a maximum of 98 inches, and all bases/plinths (the element of the monuments directly resting on the pre-laid foundation) should be 36inches long by 8inches wide (to a maximum of 10inches). The cost of the foundation is not included in the purchase price of the grave and has to be purchased separately.
Tolka Vale Section
This section runs with the contours of the Tolka river. All graves overlook the Tolka river and the Tolka river linear park. The graves in this section are 8ft long by 4ft wide. Each grave will hold a minimum of 4 burials. Kerbing is not allowed in this section. The height of monuments is restricted to a maximum of 98 inches, and all bases/plinths (the element of the monuments directly resting on the pre-laid foundation) should be 48inches long by 12inches wide (to a maximum of 14inches). The cost of the foundation is not included in the purchase price of the grave and has to be purchased separately.
Old Finglas Section
This is the smallest section in the development. It is designed to reflect the older parts of the Cemetery by having a Celtic Cross as the only monument permitted. The graves in this section are 8ft long by 4ft wide. Each grave will hold a minimum of 4 burials. Kerbing is compulsory in this section - minimum dimensions of kerbing 5 inches by 4 inches. There are no height restrictions on monuments but the height may be limited to the suitability of the foundations, and additional foundations may be required. All bases/plinths (the element of the monuments directly resting on the pre-laid foundation) should be 48inches long by 12inches wide (to a maximum of 14inches). The cost of the foundation is not included in the purchase price of the grave and has to be purchased separately.
The Angels Plot
This Section contains the burials of infants. Each grave is a non-vested communal grave (i.e. cannot be purchased, cannot be marked but the name can be inscribed on a headstone). Each grave holds approx. 20 interments, all of which are unrelated to each other. All burials take place before 10.30a.m.
What types of graves are available in Dardistown, Palmerstown and Newlands Cross Cemeteries?
The graves can be described as follows:
All single graves are 4ft wide x 8ft long and are border graves. All graves hold four interments, possibly more over time. All of these cemeteries are Lawn Cemeteries and therefore do not allow for surrounds or items on the grave surface. The Cemetery is responsible for cutting grass & maintaining graves. There is a height restriction on headstones in Newlands Cross Cemetery. The cost of the foundation is not included in the purchase price of the grave and has to be purchased separately.
How and when do I pay for a grave?
Is the cost of foundation included in the grave purchase?
Who can be buried in a grave?
All graves have one designated owner, and are usually bought at the time of a burial or in advance of a burial. The person remains the owner in perpetuity unless, in their lifetime, they transfer the grave to someone else (original grave paper also required).
Regarding interment in a grave in Glasnevin Cemetery, Palmerstown Cemetery, Dardistown Cemetery and Newlands Cross Cemetery, these can be booked in advance.
Glasnevin Trust rules and regulations concerning right of burials in a grave are as follows:
- The owner can authorize any interment to take place in the grave. They can also request to have a note made in our records to allow named individuals to be interred.
- Husband or wife, mother and father, children of the owner have automatic right to be interred in the grave. (No authority required)
- The following people can be interred: Brother, Sister, Grandparents/Grand Children, Nephews, Nieces, Son-in-law/Daughter-in-law and Non relatives * with the express written permission of the owner * or, if the owner is deceased, then the spouse or else all the children of the owner. Should there be no spouse or children of the owner, then the owner’s executor.
- It should be noted that – Brother, Sister, Grandparents, Nephews, Nieces and Son-in-law/Daughter-in-law cannot authorize any interments unless they are the Grave Owner’s Executor/Executrix.
- If outside these relationships Contact Cemeteries Office in order to make note in the records.
Can cremated remains be interred in a family grave?
Yes. Cremated remains can also be buried in an existing grave in any of the Glasnevin Trust cemeteries. All cremated remains buried in family graves must be organised through the relevant office for the following reasons: It can be recorded for future family research and for future burials, it is known that the cremated remains are interred in the grave prior to opening the grave in the future, thus avoiding any disturbance to the urn . The urn is interred as there is no policy for scattering of ashes on family graves.
Frequently families choose this option when they already have a family grave which may be full. Interment of cremated remains does not use up burial space as cremated remains are interred under the headstone, and therefore are not disturbed when a future burial takes place. The procedure for interment is the same as for a normal coffin burial, but with only a small portion of the grave opened.
Are there graves available to purchase?
Yes. Contrary to public opinion, there are still graves available in Glasnevin Cemetery in certain sections. There is also a “New Section” recently developed at the Finglas end of the Cemetery, where there are many graves available to purchase. Contact the office for details (01)8301133.
Palmerstown Cemetery has a limited availability of graves. Dardistown and Newlands Cross Cemeteries also have graves available with burial capacity for the next 50 to 100 years respectively. It is possible for a family to select a grave, in advance of a burial, in all of our cemeteries, please note it is necessary to make an appointment first.
Are all graves opened by mechanical digger?
No. There are 2 classes of graves in our cemeteries –
- Border Graves – opened by mechanical digger. All graves in Newlands Cross, Dardistown, Palmerstown and in certain areas in Glasnevin are classed as border graves.
- Interior graves are opened manually. Interior graves are located in Glasnevin Cemetery and Goldenbridge Cemetery.
What can I do to keep my grave tidy?
Graves can be maintained as follows:
- By the families.
- By the Glasnevin Cemeteries Group on a single one off basis and also on an annual basis.
- A yearly maintenance fee is charged on all burials; the grave will therefore be tidied by Glasnevin Trust for 1 year after the burial.
- A stone monument can be placed so as to cover the surface of the grave, thus avoiding the necessity to maintain the grave in the future. It should be noted that the grave must be full before this can be done.
- Palmerstown, Dardistown and Newlands Cross Cemeteries, being Lawn Cemeteries, are maintained by Glasnevin Trust
What is the history of cremation?
For many thousands of years, cremation has been used as an alternative method of disposing remains after death. Glasnevin (since 1982) and Newlands Cross Crematoria (since 2001) have been servicing the needs of all those in the Republic of Ireland who wish to use the service of cremation.
They are some of the most modern crematoriums in Europe, and the service has been designed to minimise any emotional upset to the bereaved mourners.
Does my religion forbid cremation?
Is cremation dearer than burial?
How would I arrange a cremation?
If you are the personal representative, (or if, as the attending doctor, you have been asked to do so), you approach the undertaker as soon as possible after the death, advising him that you are seeking a cremation. The undertaker will ensure that all the necessary statutory requirements are fulfilled. You will have to sign some forms after you have carefully read their contents and satisfied yourself they have been correctly completed.
Is there anything else I would be asked or need to consider?
Is there a service at the Crematorium?
In the case of cremation, as with burials, it is normal to have appropriate services celebrated in the parish/local church attended by the person during his/her lifetime. The coffin is then removed to the chapel in the Crematorium grounds, where a short committal service, similar to that at the graveside in the case of a burial, takes place. The form of the service depends on religion. This is optional and it is open to the personal representative to make other arrangements if he or she so wishes.
Is there any form of memorial at Glasnevin or Newlands Cross Crematoria?
What happens on the day of the service?
What happens to the coffin after the committal?
It is taken to the crematorium. There, the nameplate of the coffin is carefully checked with the Crematorium Order to verify the identity of the remains. The coffin is labelled with a card prepared by the Crematorium authorities with all relevant information, and that card stays with the body until the final disposal of the ashes. Cremation follows.
All metals remaining after cremation are disposed of in the most suitable manner to reduce the impact on our environment. This will include the sensitive recycling of orthopaedic implants and metal residues in compliance with existing laws.
All metals are recycled using a fully certified and registered company with more than 15 years of experience. Orthometals BV conduct the collection and recycling of metals for more than 450 crematoria worldwide in 15 different countries.
Periodically, all recovered metals are collected and taken to a central point for recycling free of charge by OrthoMetals BV.
Is the coffin cremated with the body?
What about gold rings?
Can more than one coffin be cremated at a time?
Can relatives witness the committal of the coffin to the cremator?
How sure am I that I will receive the right ashes?
Can I inter the ashes in a grave owned by my family?
Monumental Rules and Regulation for Glasnevin Trust Cemeteries
Glasnevin Trust operates 4 different Cemetery locations, all with their own specific Monumental rules and regulations:
- Glasnevin Cemetery (including Goldenbridge Graves)
- Palmerstown Cemetery
- Dardistown Cemetery
- Newlands Cross Cemetery