Online database documents 70,000 buried in cemetery
Science Foundation Ireland is providing ¤13.5 million while 16 industrial partners are contributing a further ¤6.3 million, said the centre’s director Prof Vincent Wade, who is based in the university’s school of computer science.
A project aimed at documenting the social history of Limerick through one of the country’s largest cemeteries has been completed.
The launch of an online database of 70,000 people buried in Mount Saint Lawrence Cemetery is the first in a series of cemetery projects aimed at establishing a social history of Limerick.
Staff from Limerick City Archives and the History Department of Mary Immaculate College of Education have spent the past two years manually transcribing thousands of handwritten records of those buried at the cemetery between 1855 and 2008.
The records include the name, age, address and, in many cases, the cause of death of those buried in the cemetery, which opened in 1849.