Established by Daniel O’Connell in 1832, Glasnevin Cemetery is one of the most significant historic sites in Ireland. The site spans 124 acres, there are over 1.5 million people buried here. It is a Victorian garden cemetery modeled on Pére Lachaise in Paris.
Grave Purchase at Glasnevin Cemetery
There is a wide variety of burial space within Glasnevin Cemetery available to purchase. A portion of these plots exist within older parts of the cemetery:
Alongside the sections above, there are newer sections which have been developed in more recent times:
Old Finglas Section
This area is unique as Celtic crosses are permitted in the Old Finglas Section which is very compelling visually. The plots in this section are eight-foot long by four-foot wide. Graves in the Old Finglas Section are required to have kerbing surrounding their perimeters.
This redeveloped part of the cemetery has been designed in the style of a more modern, lawn cemetery. This section is covered with grass, and the plots here measure eight-foot long by three-foot-wide. There are some regulations regarding headstones in this section which are in place to maintain the symmetry that is a feature of lawn cemeteries and kerbing is not permitted here.
Who can be buried in a grave?
The grave owner and their direct family (husband, wife, children, mother, and father) can be buried in a grave without written permission. Any other relative or person associated with the grave owner can be buried in the grave with written permission from the owner. In the case where the grave owner cannot provide this permission, it will need to come from the grave owner’s spouse, children (all), or executor with the appropriate authority.
The grave owner remains the owner ‘in perpetuity’ (forever) unless they transfer ownership to a nominated party in their lifetime. The original ownership documentation associated with the grave is required in these circumstances.
If you would like to carry out family history research using the Glasnevin Cemetery records, please see here for further information.
Cremation Service at Glasnevin Crematorium
The ornate chapel at Glasnevin Cemetery is used by the bereaved for funeral and cremation services. The chapel has capacity for up to 150 people.
If you would like to find out more about post-funeral options which can be accommodated in our museum building, please contact our Booking Co-ordinator on 01 882 6570.
Please note that currently, we are unable to accommodate post-funeral receptions at the museum as it is closed until further notice.
Please note that the florist and online services are unavailable at this time due to the COVID-19 situation.
Our florists have an outlet at Glasnevin Cemetery where you can purchase bouquets, arrangements, and wreaths. Our team of dedicated professionals can design a package of your choosing.
If you cannot make it to the site but would like to have flowers placed on a grave, our team can arrange that for you. It is a unique service that we can offer, please see here for further details.
This can also be arranged for any funeral service if you are unable to attend.
Monuments at Glasnevin Cemetery
If you would like to find out more about headstones, plaques, and memorials, please visit our Monument Works section. You can find samples of their work there. The team will be able to assist you with the process of selecting an appropriate tribute. There are some rules and regulations regarding the erection of monuments at Glasnevin Cemetery, please see here for details.
Memorials for Cremation
For those who wish to keep ashes in a decorative urn, caskets, or keepsakes, Glasnevin Trust has an exclusive selection available to purchase from our cemetery offices at Glasnevin & Newlands Cross.
Columbarium walls have become a popular choice of memorialisation for those who have opted for cremation. There is a selection of them in Glasnevin Cemetery. There are dedicated sections within the wall for the placement of urns containing ashes of the deceased.
Garden of Remembrance
The Garden of Remembrance is another memorial option for the deceased who have chosen to be cremated within the cemetery. The garden resembles a conventional burial plot. The urns are placed in a vault underground that is marked by a memorial stone with details of the deceased.
This option most resembles a conventional burial plot, however, this option is available to those who have not placed the ashes of their loved one within the cemetery rather taken care of them privately. The stone is a headstone that contains the names and details of those who have passed away.
Please contact Mark O'Neill to discuss any of the above on [email protected] | 01 882 6500 | 086 839 3515
Contacts & Location
Glasnevin Cemetery, Crematorium & Florist
Finglas Road, Dublin 11
Office Manager: Maureen Clarke
P: + 353 (0) 1 882 6500 | F: + 353 (0) 1 830 1594
E: [email protected]
Please see here for information relating to site access.
Burial / Cremation Office Opening hours
Monday – Friday: 12:30 pm to 3.30 pm