Buried in Belfast: Milltown Cemetery

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Est. --- / 1 hr 30 mins / Map

Buried in Belfast: Milltown Cemetery - Cya On The Road

This self-guided trail map highlights some of the extraordinary stories of women laid to rest in Milltown Cemetery. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete.It compiles research undertaken by 24 participants from Women in the Archives, a community engagement programme, led by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and the Linen Hall Library, as part of the Making the Future project in 2019.Milltown Cemetery | 546 Falls Rd, Belfast BT12 6EQ, UKMilltown Cemetery opened in 1869 as the main Roman Catholic graveyard for Belfast. Approximately 200,000 people are buried here. In addition to family and individual plots, there are sections for religious orders, and three large ‘poor grounds’ where around 80,000 individuals are buried in mass graves, many of whom died in the flu pandemic of 1918-1920. The cemetery’s history is often associated with Irish nationalism and republicanism, evidenced on gravestones throughout the cemetery and within the three republican plots. Milltown gained worldwide notoriety when a loyalist gunman attacked mourners at an IRA funeral in 1988, killing three people and injuring many more.Visiting Milltown, you can explore the social and political history of Belfast, reflected in the landscape and told through the stories of the families and individuals buried here.Disclaimer: Anyone undertaking this suggested trail does so at their own risk.

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