Sligo Cemetery was opened for business in 1847 - the infamous Famine year known as 'Black 47'
The Famine and pestilence which followed, ensured the Cemetery hit the ground running.
The cemetery is ideally located on a gentle slope with breath-taking views, within easy walking distance of Sligo Town centre . . . Whoa! . . . think, I'm starting to sound like an auctioneer selling plots!
Sligo cemetery is just off Pearse Road and until recent years the main Dublin/Sligo road and as such was the first road to be tarred in the early 1900s. Which gave rise to the Sligo Town version of the term 'Bought the Farm' - the expression 'Gone up the Tar Road' meant only one thing to Sligo Town folk!
The old cemetery has been extended twice since 1847. The first extension is known as the Middle Cemetery and the newest is known as (yes, you've guessed it!) the New Cemetery.
A visit to Sligo Cemetery will confirm the Irish death tradition is very much alive, with beautiful but hugely expensive graves evident everywhere. Traditionally, an Irish death can put the survivors in debt for years afterwards!
Despite, necessary new cemetery rules governing height etc. of tombstones, individual creativity and expression is common and indeed in many cases, very touching.
For additional information I have added Below, a clipping (Aug '05) of a gem of a feature on Sligo Cemetery by The Sligo Weekender's, Sandra Coffey.
From: Sligo Weekender
August 30, 2005.