Cemeteries

Update 18/05/2020: Our two City Cemeteries have now reopened, but the opening times are subject to restrictions. Please refer to our Service updates Section on home page for full details.

  • Where are cemeteries (burial grounds) located in Galway City?

    Galway City Council has two cemeteries:

    Mount St. Joseph Cemetery,

    Rahoon Road

    (Rahoon Cemetery)

    environment@galwaycity.ie or (091) 536400

    The New Cemetery/Bohermore Cemetery,

    Cemetery Cross,

    Bothermore

    (Bothermore Cemetery)

    environment@galwaycity.ie or (091) 536400

    The Cemetery Foreman can be contacted on 087 2390930 (phone open until 2:30 pm on Saturdays).

    View map of cemetery locations.

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  • What are the opening times of the Cemeteries?

    The opening times of the Rahoon and Bothermore cemeteries are as follows:

    Monday

    8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

    Tuesday

    8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

    Wednesday

    8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

    Thursday

    8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

    Friday

    8:00 a.m. To 3.15 p.m.

    Saturday

    8.00am to 4:15 p.m.

    Sunday

    (No burials) Main gates open 1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

    Pedestrian access through side gates - open at all times at both cemeteries

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How do I book a grave?

Grave Booking requests should be made by completing the online application form using the following Link https://bit.ly/37t2UG5

Funeral Directors are reminded of the rules before making a booking

           1. 12 noon daily deadline for burial the following day

           2. 12 noon Saturday deadline for burial the following Monday.

           3. No burials will take place on any Sunday.

           4. The Cemetery foreman should be contacted on 087-2390930 to confirm an available timeslot before making all online applications.

           5. All applications will be confirmed by a member of the Environment and Climate Change Team to the Funeral Director during normal working hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

           6. Graves can only be purchased at the time of death  for immediate use

           7. We only have Urn specific Graves available in Bohermore Cemetery and Standard single Graves in Rahoon Cemetery.

           All other queries, please call 091-536563 during normal office hours or call the Cemetery Foreman on 087-2390930 outside of these times.

 

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  • What are the charges for booking a grave?

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    Charges may vary from year to year.

    The following charges apply for the Bohermore and Rahoon cemeteries:

    Grave Type Fee
    Standard Single Grave Purchase - Rahoon only €780

    Urn Specific Grave Purchase (includes headstone & 1st opening) - Bohermore only

    €980
    Standard Grave Opening Fee (Coffin/Casket) €492

    Urn/Baby standard Grave Opening Fee

    Subsequent openings of Urn Specific Graves

    €204

     

    €150

  • Bereavement Grant

    The Bereavement Grant has been discontinued and is not paid for deaths occurring on or after 1 January 2014

    See details on www.citizensinformation.ie

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  • How do I make a burial register enquiry?

    You can find out where a friend or relative is buried by querying the Burial Register.

    To do this you can phone 091 536400 or email environment@galwaycity.ie

    To help with your enquiry you should have:

    • Name of the deceased person
    • Date of the Burial

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  • How can I find out where a friend or relative is buried in Galway City?

    You can find out where a friend or relative is buried by querying the Burial Register.

    To do this, contact Galway City Council on 091-536400 or email environment@galwaycity.ie

    To assist with your enquiry please provide:

    • Name of the deceased person
    • Date of the Burial

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  • How do I apply to erect a tombstone/headstone?

    You must apply for a Permit if you wish to erect a tombstone and surround within either of the City Council Cemeteries.

    You should note that the 'Applicant' is the actual sculptor or contractor who has undertaken to carry out the work.

    The application form should be completed in full and include details of the deceased and grave details.

    Please also include:

    • a description of the Proposed Tombstone and Surround
    • a Photograph or Drawing of the Proposed Tombstone and Surround
    • Fee
      • New Cemetery, Bohermore: all areas - €60
      • Mount Saint Joseph, Rahoon - depending on location of grave: €144 single grave, €252 double grave or €60 euros in older Sections of Rahoon

    The completed form should be returned to:

    Environment Section
    Galway City Council
    City Hall
    College Road
    Galway.

    Applicants should note:

    • All Tombstones must be made available for inspection by the Caretaker at the Cemetery before installation
    • Height restrictions apply at both Cemeteries
    • Applicants are responsible for the quality and safety of the entire construction works
    • All contractors must seek approval of our Parks Department and thereby added to our list of Approved Monumental Contractors, prior to submitting Grave Permit Applications

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