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, Bawnaknockane, Brade, Cahermore (Allihies), Castlehaven Old, Castlehaven New Cemetery, Castletown Kinneigh, Coronea (St Patrick’s Skibbereen), Drimoleague, Dunbeacon, Dunmanway, Durrus, Fanlobbus, Kilheangul (near Schull), Kilbarry, Kilcaskan, Kilcoe, Kilmacabea, Kilmichael, Kilmoe, Lisavaird, Lisheen, Milltown/Rathbarry, Ross Abbey, Schull, Sherkin Island, Stouke, Tullagh and Whiddy Island. Skibbereen Funeral Register, transcribed by our volunteer Patricia, also records over 2,000 burials in various graveyards in the Skibbereen area and the Cape Clear Funeral Register is also included.
West Cork Graveyards Map. Click the cross symbol to view the details.
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 for all except the Skibbereen Funeral Register and Cape Clear burials. 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.
Click here for a video tutorial on how best to use this database.
We have also erected signs at graveyards in Aughadown, Drinagh West, Abbeymahon, Chapel Lane, Creagh, Caheragh Old Graveyard and Caheragh St Mary’s 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.
GRAVEYARD VIDEO TOURS
Take a video tour of Aughadown Graveyard
Take a video tour of Abbeymahon Graveyard in Skibbereen.
Take a video tour of Abbeystrowry Graveyard in Skibbereen.
Take a video tour of Caheragh Old Graveyard.
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.