St. Patrick’s Graveyard is situated on the top of St. Patrick’s Road next to St. Bridget’s Church. The Roman Catholic church which stood on this site was in ruins by the 17th century, the Down Survey Map of 1683 shows a round tower in this site though this was demolished by the beginning of the 19th century. The graveyard was officially closed in the early 20th century it was continued to be in use by people who had family plots until recently.
Below are transcriptions and photographs of some of the remaining headstones. As well as names of those recorded in local newspapers (Limerick Leader and Limerick Chronicle) and in the Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead Vol IX for the years 1913-1916 (JAPMD) as buried in St Patrick’s graveyard.
Where possible the obituaries from the Limerick City Library Local Studies Obituaries Collection and the Irish Census returns 1901 and 1911 have been added to the information of the above mentioned as buried in St. Patrick’s Graveyard.
View from St. Patrick’s Graveyard, St. Patrick’s Road of Garryowen and St. John’s Cathedral.
Those known to be buried in St Patrick’s Graveyard with surnames I to L
Irwin – “In loving memory of Margaret Irwin died 24th March 1940 aged 39 years. Her brother Thomas Lysaght died 24 July 1947. And all other members of the Lysaght family. Michael Kevin Irwin 1923 1998 R.I.P.” – Photograph
Keane – Thomas Keane, 50 Upper Clare Street, died 18 July 1945. Funeral at St John’s Cathedral (Limerick Leader, 18 July 1945)
Keane – William Keane, Garryowen, died 1947, known as “Big Bill the Piper”. (Limerick Leader, 6 Sept 1947)
Kelly – “In Loving Memory of Annette Morgan who died 24 Sept 1954 aged 46 years. Also her father Thomas Kelly and her mother Alice Kelly and her sister Josephine Kelly and her sister Alice Shields R.I.P. Erected by her son Derek Morgan” – Photograph
- In 1901 her family were living in Whitewine Lane, her father Thomas Kelly was working as dock labourer. Annette has at least seven siblings, some of whom spoke both English and Irish.
Kelly – “Erected by Honora Kelly Alias Hogan in memory of her Departed Husband Dennis Kelly who depd on the Septemb 3. 1799. Aged .. years. May he rest in peace. Amen.” – (JAPMD)
Kenny – “Erected by Mary Kenny in memory of her beloved husband Patrick Kenny who died Feb 12th 1876 aged 28 years also his cousin Ellen Hannan died 1st March 1890 aged 77 years and her children” – Photograph
Keogh – “Erected by William Keogh in memory of his sister Judy… 1812..” – Photograph
Lane – “Erected by Erd by Patk Lane in memory of his Father T.. Lane who died .. aged 62 yrs” – Photograph
- Alternative name: Patrick Lane
Lannan – “Erected by John Lannan in memory of his beloved mother Elizabeth Lannan who dep this life ..th Jany 1847 aged..8ys also his beloved .. Lannan.. who dep this life 1845 aged.. also his beloved son .. 1850” – Photograph