St. John’s Church Graveyard

Front view of church & graveyard

St. John’s Graveyard

St. John’s Church is surrounded by a graveyard containing both Church of Ireland and Catholic graves. The oldest grave dates back as far as 1736 and there are several 19th Century family mausolea.

All the gravestones are recorded and numbered and a display panel located inside the front gate directs visitors to the exact location of each burial. 272 burials have been identified in total. Uninscribed low grave markers date from the 1650s and some 30 or so have been observed and marked. In all there are 67 gravestones from the 1700s.

In March/April 2012 an exciting project spearheaded by HistoricGraves digitally recorded all the headstones in the graveyard. High quality photographs of each burial were taken and can be seen on the Historic Graves website.

Display Panel with index of burials located just inside the front gate

Display Panel with index of burials located just inside the front gate

During the cleaning of the graveyard, a 17th Century altar tomb was uncovered carrying the date 1618. It is believed that Sir Thomas Browne of Hospital built the chancel of St. John’s Church in 1615 and installed this altar tomb.

17th Century Altar Tomb

17th Century Altar Tomb


The graveyard is open to the public at all times.

In 2011 the graveyard was the overall winner in County Limerick in the ‘Ancient’ category in Limerick County Council’s annual awards.


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