West Cork has numerous old burial grounds, many dating from the middle ages. With the support of the Heritage Council, a graveyard survey was carried out on some of these old graveyards.
The marking of graves with headstones of all makes and sizes became popular from the late 17th century onwards so the majority of the transcriptions date from the early 1800s onwards.
The survey involved photographing, mapping and transcribing the monuments as well as collecting any local knowledge relating to the graveyards and those buried in them. Skibbereen Heritage Centre is pleased to host a searchable database of the graveyards recorded by this project.
Skibbereen Heritage Centre has also transcribed the burial registers for some West Cork graveyards, which were made available by Cork County Council. This database includes registers for: Abbeymahon, Abbeystrowry, Allihies, Ardagh, Ballymoney, Ballynacalla, Brade, Castlehaven, Drimoleague, Dunbeacon, Durrus, Fanlobbus, Kilheangul (near Schull), Kilbarry, Kilcaskan, Kilmoe, Rathbarry, Sherkin Island and Whiddy Island. Skibbereen Funeral Register, transcribed by our volunteer Patricia, also records over 2,000 burials in various graveyards in the Skibbereen area.
The information made available on this website includes burial details such as name, date of death, date of burial and address. The original pages from the registers are also available to download in PDF format. Please note Skibbereen Heritage Centre does not hold the registers or any additional information on these sites, or on other graveyards in the area. Graveyards are a vital genealogy resource and we are pleased to record this information for those researching their West Cork ancestry.
We have also erected signs at graveyards in Aughadown, Drinagh West, Abbeymahon, Chapel Lane and Creagh graveyards giving information on those known to be interred in these burial grounds as well as a brief history of each site. This project is kindly supported by Cork County Council.
To find out more about the Graveyard projects including information on the locations of graveyards and to search this database visit our Graveyards Database Page
With the help of our data-inputter Deirdre, and volunteers Patricia, William and Barry, Skibbereen Heritage Centre has a database of over 350,000 local records. Many of these are available to search free of charge on the links below.