St. Finbarr's Cemetery
, is the city's largest and one of the oldest cemeteries
still in use. Located on the Glasheen Road, it was first opened in the mid 19th century.
Many of the early burials
were of the wealthy citizens of the city. Unlike older cemeteries, St. Finbarr's was professionally laid out with numbered pathways and wide avenues.
Among those buried at St. Finbarr's Cemetery are former Taoiseach Jack Lynch
; the antiquarian Richard Rolt Brash
who was among the first to decipher writing in the ancient Ogham writing style; the composer Arnold Bax
, sculptor Seamus Murphy
and Cork's first Lord Mayor Daniel Hegarty
St. Finbarr's contains one of the largest burial plots of Irish Republicans who died in the course of the struggle for Irish freedom, most of them during the 1920s, but some of more recent vintage including members of the Provisional IRA
and the Official IRA
. This is known as the Cork Republican Plot and among those buried there are former Lords Mayor of Cork Terence McSwiney
and Tomás Mac Curtain
, hunger striker Joseph Murphy
. Other republicans who are buried at St. Finbarr's but not in the republican plot include Flying Column
leader Tom Barry
, former government minister James J. Walsh
and Dan "Sandow" O'Donovan
Annual Easter Commemorations, remembering the 1916 Rising in Ireland are held at the Republican Plot on Easter Sunday by various groups and parties including Sinn Féin
, Fianna Fáil
, the Workers'......