Cork City Council Cemeteries

Cork City Council is responsible for 4 Cemeteries and for the sale of burial plots in St. Catherines & St. Michaels.

All City Council Cemeteries are open twenty-four hours, seven days a week

Purchase & Price of Plots (St. Catherines & St. Michaels only)

Plots are only available for sale in St. Catherine's Cemetery and St. Michael's Cemetery for immediate burial.

No plots are available in St. Finbarr’s and St. Josephs Cemetery.

St. Catherines€1,830€2,030
St. Michaels New€1,830€2,030

Plot transfers

There are two types of Plot Transfers:

Transfer of Grant of Right of Burial (from deceased to living)

Often a family member may wish to transfer right of burial of a plot from a deceased relative into their own name. To do this a form needs to be completed and returned to Recreation, Cemeteries & Sport Section Division, accompanied by a solicitors or Commissioners for Oaths letter confirming details.

Assignment of Right of Burial

This occurs when a ‘living’ person with a right of burial in a plot wishes to assign the right of burial to somebody else. A form needs to be completed and returned to Recreation, Cemeteries & Sport Division accompanied by the original Grant of Right of Burial.

Duplicate grant of right of burial

If an original Deed has been lost, the person who is the named Right of Burial holder can apply for a Duplicate Deed.

List of stonemasons

Eamonn Casey, Memorials Ltd.Old Waterpark, Carrigaline, Co. Cork
Hickeys Fireplaces & HeadstonesClassis, Ovens, Cork
Edward Sheedy, Stonecutter, Youghal Road, Midleton,
Gerald McCarthy, Monumental Works, 4 Brook Avenue, Togher, Cork
Jim Hickey, Aherla Headstones Aherla, Co. Cork
Glen Treanor,Treanor Stone-Tec Ltd Kilcrow, Clontibret, Co. Monaghan
Sean McCarthy3 Anglesea Place, Copley St. Cork

St Joseph's Cemetery

St Josephs Cemetery dates from the 1830's, when it was built on the site of the former Botanic Gardens. The cemetery is renowned for it's association with Father Theobald Mathew, who leased the plot and in the 1840's allowed victims of the workhouses of the city to be buried there for free. In the first 9 months of 1847, the height of the famine, ten thousand burials are estimated to have taken place at the cemetery. 

Cork City and County Archives with support from Cork City Council and the Creative Ireland Programme have made the register for St Joseph's from 1877 to 1917 available to view online. You can click here to search the archive

St. Joseph’s, Tory Top Road, Ballyphehane, Cork. Tel: 021-4320191

St. Finbarr's Cemetery

St Finbarr's Cemetery, which opened in the 1960s, is the largest in Cork. It's burial records from the nineteenth century have been digitised and published in searchable form online by Cork City and County Archives with support from Cork City Council and the Creative Ireland Programme. You can click here to search the records.

Local historian and City Councillor Kieran McCarthy has a very interesting blog post on the cemetery, which can be viewed by following this link.

St. Finbarr’s, Glasheen Road, Cork. Tel: 021- 4545997

St Michael's Cemetery

St. Michael’s & New, Blackrock, Cork. Tel:  021-4357890

St. Catherines, Kilcully

St. Catherine’s, Kilcully, Co. Cork. Tel: 021-4300669

Trace your ancestors

For those wishing to trace ancestors, they can contact Cork City Archives at  

The Cork City Archives have a number of records pre November 1947 for St. Josephs Cemetery.

Any other queries can be directed to the Cemetry Supervisor or

Cork City Coroner

Contact the Cork City Coroners Office Coroner details


Applications for Exhumation Licenses are administered by the Cemeteries Section of the Environment & Recreation Directorate in Cork City Council