Mount Jerome Cemetery and Crematorium


Mount Jerome Cemetery & Crematorium (Irish: Reilig Chnocán Iaróm) is situated in Harold's Cross on the south side of Dublin, Ireland.[1] Since its foundation in 1836, it has witnessed over 300,000 burials. Originally an exclusively Protestant cemetery, Roman Catholics have also been buried there since the 1920s.

Mount Jerome Cemetery
Reilig Chnocán Iaróm
The entrance to Mt. Jerome, on right.
Mount Jerome Cemetery and Crematorium is located in Dublin
Mount Jerome Cemetery and Crematorium
Shown within Dublin
158 Harold's Cross Road, Harold's Cross, Dublin
Coordinates53°19′29″N 6°17′03″W / 53.32472°N 6.28417°W / 53.32472; -6.28417Coordinates: 53°19′29″N 6°17′03″W / 53.32472°N 6.28417°W / 53.32472; -6.28417
Typegarden cemetery
Owned byGeneral Cemetery Company of Dublin
Size20.2 ha (50 acres)
No. of gravesOver 300,000
Find a GraveMount Jerome Cemetery


The name of the cemetery comes from an estate established there by the Reverend Stephen Jerome, who in 1639 was vicar of St. Kevin's Parish. At that time, Harold's Cross was part of St. Kevin's Parish. In the latter half of the 17th century, the land passed into the ownership of the Earl of Meath, who in turn leased plots to prominent Dublin families. A house, Mount Jerome House, was constructed in one of these plots, and leased to John Keogh. In 1834, after an aborted attempt to set up a cemetery in the Phoenix Park, the General Cemetery Company of Dublin bought the Mount Jerome property, "for establishing a general cemetery in the neighbourhood of the city of Dublin".[2]

The first official burial happened on the 19th of September 1836. The buried deceased were the infant twins of Matthew Pollock.

The cemetery initially started with a landmass of 26 acres and grew to a size of 48 acres in 1874.

In 1984, burial numbers were falling, thus the Cemetery was losing revenue and began to deteriorate. A crematorium was needed to regain revenue and deal with plant overgrowth on the estate.[3]

The Funerary Chapel in the cemetery was the first Puginian Gothic church in Dublin. It was designed by William Atkins.

In 2000, Mount Jerome Cemetery established its own crematorium on the site.

Notable burialsEdit

Memorial to Sir William Wilde and Lady Wilde, parents of Oscar Wilde

Notable people buried here include:[4][5]


There is a large plot dedicated to deceased members of the Royal Irish Constabulary and the Dublin Metropolitan Police.[4]

The cemetery contains the war graves of 35 British Commonwealth service personnel from World War I and 39 from World War II.[11]

The remains of French Huguenots from St. Peter's Churchyard, Peter's Row (now the location of the Dublin YMCA), which was demolished in the 1980s, and from St. Brigid's and St. Thomas's churchyards are interred in the cemetery.[4][12]

Over 200 children of unmarried mothers who died in the Protestant run Bethany Home were buried in unmarked graves in the cemetery.[13] There is a plot where unnamed children from Kirwan House the Protestant run Female Orphan Home are buried.

Recent burials include the notorious Martin Cahill (1949–1994) (known as "The General"). His gravestone has been vandalised on numerous occasions and is currently broken in two with the top half missing. His body has since been removed to an unmarked grave in the cemetery.[citation needed]


The cemetery has one of only two Christ-thorn bushes in Ireland (the other is in the Botanic Gardens).[4]

Literary referencesEdit

  1. Then Mount Jerome for the protestants. Funerals all over the world everywhere every minute. Shovelling them under by the cartload doublequick. Thousands every hour. Too many in the world. Ulysses, Chapter 6, Hades episode, James Joyce.


  1. ^ Somerville-Large, Peter (1988). Dublin: The First Thousand Years. Belfast: The Appletree Press. p. 226. ISBN 0-86281-206-2.
  2. ^ Igoe, Vivien. Dublin Burial Grounds & Graveyards. Wolfhound Press, 2001. p. 172
  3. ^ "History". Mount Jerome. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d Langtry, Joe and Nikki Carter, eds. Mount Jerome: A Victorian Cemetery. Staybro Printing Ltd., Dublin 1997.
  5. ^ Boylan, Henry (1998). A Dictionary of Irish Biography, 3rd Edition. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. ISBN 0-7171-2945-4.
  6. ^ Barry, Aoife. "Family pay tribute as Derek Davis laid to rest at Mount Jerome Cemetery".
  7. ^ a b c d e Patao, Sofia (2000). Funeral Art and Architecture. Dublin: EEC. ISBN 84-8156-270-X.
  8. ^ Reporter (20 October 1970), "Obituary", The Irish Times, p. 13
  9. ^ The Irish Times, "Final tribute to Cecil Sheridan", 8 January 1980.
  10. ^ Irish Times, Dublin, 29 January 1880.
  11. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report.
  12. ^ "St. Peter's Churchyard Excavation Report".
  13. ^ Graves of Bethany children 'located at Mount Jerome' by Patsy McGarry Irish Times, 21 May 2010

External linksEdit

  • Archiseek page on Mount Jerome Cemetery
  • page describing Mount Jerome Cemetery
  • Article by Brian Showers on locating the burial place of the Le Fanu family