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Deansgrange Cemetery

The land for Deansgrange Cemetery was purchased in 1861 and the first burial took place in 1865. The cemetery covers an area of 65 acres and contains the remains of over 140,000 people. 

  • There are more people of national importance buried here than in any other Irish cemetery with the exception of Glasnevin. 
  • There are two former Taoisigh, a Nobel Prize winner, an Oscar winner, the most famous tenor of his day, entrepreneurs, actors, artists, musicians and over 20 writers including Frank O’Connor and Flann O’Brien. 
  • In addition there are many other people who have played a part in all the historic events over the last 150 years. These include marine disasters such as the Palme and the Leinster, two World Wars, the Easter Rising, the War of Independence, the Civil War, and all the other events that make up local and national life. 
  • It is a tradition in this cemetery to inter the deceased facing to the East – towards the rising sun. A member of the clergy is buried in the opposite way so as he will face towards his flock.
  • When the cemetery first opened if a family could not afford the expense of erecting a headstone the planting of a tree marked the location of the grave.
  • Located on the left side of the cemetery avenue is the Protestant Church, where people of that faith in the early days of the cemetery were buried in the sections South, South West and West, while those of the Catholic faith were buried on the right side of the cemetery avenue, with their own Catholic Church located in the North section.
  • The use of symbols is everywhere in the cemetery - the carvings on the stones, the type of memorial and even the trees.

The Cross - the ultimate emblem of Christianity. Tradition has it that the shape of the Celtic cross was formed by St Patrick putting the Latin cross over the circle, which was the sign of the moon goddess thus showing the triumph of Christianity over paganism.

 IHS - the initial letters in Greek for the name of Jesus. In Latin - Jesus Hominum Salvator – Jesus Saviour of Men. There are also other meanings.

 XP - the initial letters in Greek for Christ

 Flowers

  • ·         Ivy - fidelity and friendship
  • ·         Lily - purity
  • ·         Oak - generally refers to old age
  • ·         Palm leaves - the coming of Christ or woven into a garland to signify triumph
  • ·         Rose - harmony and love or truthfulness
  • ·         Sheaves of wheat - the Resurrection

 Dove - shown with a twig in its mouth, it represents the dove sent out by Noah to see if the waves had receded. When it came back it was taken as a sign of forgiveness by God
Book - usually the bible but sometimes it is over the grave of a writer or teacher
Hand - hands shaking are a sign of friendship; hand pointing upwards to GodAngels - are used to convey many messages such as grief, the resurrection, the judgement and many other subjects
Anchor - the cross or a sign of hope
Chalice - a clergyman
Snake - the Devil but sometimes a medical person 
Lamb - the Lamb of God, Christ's sacrifice for mankind or purity and innocence
Broken column- a life cut short or that all things, even great civilizations, come to an end
Obelisk – associations with Egyptian culture, showing culture and wealth of the deceased
Trees – the yew is associated with the tree of life and with eternity; the weeping willow with forgiveness

 Did you know why Yew trees are planted in Churchyards?

 Some Yew trees were actually there before the church was built as the preacher often preached under a Yew tree if the village could not afford a church.

 In 1307 King Edward 1st ordered Yew trees to be planted in churchyards to offer some protection to the buildings. Traditionally a church has only two Yew trees – one on the gateway to the main door and the second on the path to the minor door.

 Yews are poisonous so by planting them in the churchyards cattle that were not allowed to graze on hallowed ground were safe from eating Yew.

 Yew was the traditional wood used for making long bows – planting in churchyards ensured availability in times of need.

 Yew branches on touching the ground take root and sprout again – this became the symbol of death, rebirth and therefore immortality.

 

 

FAQS

Yes the council are responsible for the laying and cutting of grass in Shanganagh. Please contact the office at Dean’s Grange should you have any queries. Please note that it is cemetery policy not to lay grass until 1 year after an interment has taken place to allow for subsidence.

Uaigheanna nua i Seangánach: €2,900 + táille adhlactha
Uaigheanna nua i nGráinseach an Déin: €16,000 + táille adhlactha
Níl siad ar fáil le ceannach roimh bhás.

 

 

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Unfortunately we no longer provide this service.

Yes the council are solely responsible for the construction of the foundations.

If you want to transfer the ownership of a grave an exclusive right of burial may be transferred to a specific family member.  Permission must be sought from the Registered Owner of the grave. It is not necessary to produce the original Grave Paper issued,  all registered owners are on our records.

A Transfer Agreement Form (which may be obtained from the Dean’s Grange Cemetery Office) has to be completed and signed by the current registered owner at the time of transfer.

If the Registered Owner of the grave is deceased a Derivative Assignment Declaration Form (which can also be obtained from the Dean’s Grange Cemetery Office) must be signed and witnessed before a Peace Commissioner by the person who wishes to take over the ownership of the grave.  A Permission Form from the relevant next of kin of the registered owner may also be required which states they have no objection to the transfer of the grave, this form does not have to be witnessed by a Peace Commissioner,  it should be attached to the Derivative Assignment Declaration.

There is a transfer fee of €65.00 + Vat @ 23%   Total Cost: €79.95
Payable by Cheque/Draft, Postal Money Order made payable to

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council or by Debit/Credit Card.
Card transactions can only be made in person in the Dean’s Grange Cemetery Office.

Completed forms and transfer fee should be sent to:

Dean’s Grange Cemetery Office,
Dean’s Grange Road,
Blackrock,
Co. Dublin.

Or call in person to the Dean’s Grange Cemetery Office

Opening hours:
10.00a.m. – 1.00p.m. – 2.15p.m – 4.00p.m.  Monday to Friday

When all documentation and fee is received, in due course, the new owner will receive a document stating the grave has been transferred into their name.

 

 

If you want to transfer the ownership of a grave an exclusive right of burial may be transferred to a specific family member.  Permission must be sought from the Registered Owner of the grave. It is not necessary to produce the original Grave Paper issued,  all registered owners are on our records.


A Transfer Agreement Form (which may be obtained from the Dean’s Grange Cemetery Office) has to be completed and signed by the current registered owner at the time of transfer.

If the Registered Owner of the grave is deceased a Derivative Assignment Declaration Form (which can also be obtained from the Dean’s Grange Cemetery Office) must be signed and witnessed before a Peace Commissioner by the person who wishes to take over the ownership of the grave.  A Permission Form from the relevant next of kin of the registered owner may also be required which states they have no objection to the transfer of the grave, this form does not have to be witnessed by a Peace Commissioner,  it should be attached to the Derivative Assignment Declaration.

There is a transfer fee of €65.00 + Vat @ 23%   Total Cost: €79.95
Payable by Cheque/Draft, Postal Money Order made payable to

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council or by Debit/Credit Card.
Card transactions can only be made in person in the Dean’s Grange Cemetery Office.

Completed forms and transfer fee should be sent to:

Dean’s Grange Cemetery Office,
Dean’s Grange Road,
Blackrock,
Co. Dublin.

Or call in person to the Dean’s Grange Cemetery Office

Opening hours:
10.00a.m. – 1.00p.m. – 2.15p.m – 4.00p.m.  Monday to Friday

When all documentation and fee is received, in due course, the new owner will receive a document stating the grave has been transferred into their name.

 

  • From Dublin City to Dean’s Grange Cemetery, bus number 46a to the Dean’s Grange Crossroads and the number 4 bus to Rockford Pk., which are both within walking distance.
  • From Blackrock to Dean’s Grange Cemetery, the number 84 bus which stops near the Cemetery Gates.
  • From Dun Laoghaire to Dean’s Grange Cemetery, the number 46a to the Dean’s Grange Crossroads, within walking distance.
  • From Dublin City to Shanganagh Cemetery, the number 145 bus
  • From Blackrock to Shanganagh Cemetery, the number 84 bus
  • From Dun Laoghaire to Shanganagh Cemetery, the number 45a bus All buses to Shanganagh Cemetery stop near the Cemetery Gates

Send into the office in person or by post:

  1. The grave number, or if this is not possible a date of death or burial of someone in the grave.
  2.  Debit/Credit Card Number or Cheque/Postal Order (payable to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co. Co.) for €75 + VAT @ 13.5% Total Cost €85.13.
  3. Your name, address and phone number so we can contact you when the work has been completed. 

Send into the office in person or by post:

  1. The grave number, or if this is not possible a date of death or burial of someone in the grave.
  2.  Debit/Credit card number or Cheque/Postal Order (payable to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co. Co.) for €210 + VAT @ 13.5% Total Cost €238.35
  3.  Whether you would like grey granite or white marble chippings.
  4.  Your name, address and phone number so we can contact you when the work has been completed.  

Please note that neither Dean’s Grange nor Shanganagh cemeteries records are computerised and therefore in order to locate a grave what you need is:

  1.  Date/year of death or burial.
  2.  Full name and last address of the deceased. The Council only holds records for Dean’s Grange, Shanganagh and Kilgobbin cemeteries.

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee the amount of coffin burials in a grave. It depends on the type of ground and other factors such as size of coffins etc.

Several small urns/caskets can go into a grave as they are far smaller than a coffin.

New graves in Shanganagh are: €2,900 + interment fee
New graves in Dean’s Grange are: €16,000 + interment fee
Not for sale in advance of a death.

Yes the council tidies the grave after a burial has taken place. Should you have any concerns please contact the office at Dean’s Grange.

Not unless there is numerous graves to be researched.

No unfortunately the list for benches in Shanganagh cemetery is exhausted.

€400 and can be done privately and not through a Funeral Director.

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