A SEARCHABLE database of almost 8,000 grave markers at one of Limerick’s biggest graveyards has been officially launched, following more than two years of work.
The project, which features every grave marker at Mount St Lawrence cemetery, was completed by the Limerick Museum and Archives (LM&A) in partnership with Mary Immaculate College.
All of the markers have been photographed, GPS located and are indexed by the first surname on the grave markers.
The interactive map, which can be found at Mount Saint Lawrence, 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.
The launch of the database was of the highlights of a three-day ‘Beyond The Grave’ conference, which featured speakers from Ireland and overseas and culminated with site visits throughout the city.
“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, explained Jacqui Hayes, Limerick City and County Council archivist.
“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,” said the Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kathleen Leddin.
Mount St Lawrence has been the primary place of burial in Limerick city since its opening in 1849.