Deansgrange Cemetery, Dublin

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Deans Grange Cemetery is situated in the suburban area of Deansgrange in the Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown part of the former County Dublin, Ireland. Since it first opened in 1865, over 150,000 people have been buried there. It is, together with Glasnevin and Mount Jerome, one of the largest cemeteries in the Dublin area, occupying 70acre.HistoryThe Burial Act of 1855 resulted in the closure of many of the older churchyards in Dublin and surrounds due to overcrowding. This drove the need to find new lands for cemeteries.The initial cemetery consisted of just 8acre bought by the Rathdown Union from Rev. John Beatty. The price agreed was £200 which Rev. Beaty set as being equivalent to twenty years rent. A committee was formed to run the new cemetery and on 20 November 1861 Sir George Hobson, chairman of the Guardians of the Rural Districts of the Union, signed the deeds establishing the new cemetery. The new committee set about appointing Matthew Betham as the chairman and Joseph Cope as the office clerk of admin duties and building the new cemetery.The cemetery was laid out with just two sections, North for Catholic and South for Protestant religions as well as separate chapels for both. It also consisted of a Gate Lodge (Registrar's house) and yew trees lining the main walkways. The buildings were constructed by Matthew Gahan, whose name can be seen on the metal doors to the vaults under each chapel.It was 1865 when the cemetery took its first burial on 28 January 1865 of Anastasia Carey, buried near the Catholic chapel. There were four grave types to be chosen by the families. 1st Class located adjacent to the main pathways and considered the most prominent and most expensive.2nd Class located adjacent to the smaller pathways and expensive.3rd Class surrounded by other plots where payment was required within five years. Failure to pay resulted in the grave reverting to the Burial Board for reuse.4th Class on loan and reverted to the Burial board for reuse after a number of years. Since the opening of the cemetery two sections were added, South West and West, and the North section was extended. From the 1930s more land was bought and new sections were created and named after different saints bringing the total number of sections to 16.
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  • Vast is size and best to drive in if you are visiting a grave at the back. Also has nice tearooms and toilet facilities.  more »
  • My Mother and Father are buried in Deansgrange. I’m a massive cemetery with a number of famous people buried here.  more »
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  • Nice place for a walk, a lot of history among the tombstones. Great little tea rooms worth a visit and never any problem parking. Would love more guidance on plot locations. Anyone got a guide to notable graves?
  • Went there today with my Mother. We wanted to find the grave of her brother and mother. We arrived close to the end of the day and were met by a guy waiting by the gate. He gave good instructions as to where to go. I managed to look up roughly where the headstone was but was struggling. He came over, without me asking, and offered his help to find it. Without his kind hearted help we wouldn’t have found the grave my mum hasn’t seen for over 25 years. Thank-you!
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