Cemetery Gate Opening Times
Click here to view when the main gates open in each location. We have parking facilities in all cemeteries. Our offices can be contacted should you wish to arrange for any assistance you might require.
Help & Questions
How do I arrange a burial?
Your first port of call will be to contact a funeral director. They will guide you through the process with expert care and sensitivity. Please see our directory of funeral directors who are located in the Dublin area - https://www.glasnevintrust.ie/funeral-services/find-a-funeral-director/
Is there space in Glasnevin Cemetery for burials?
Yes. There is a misconception that the cemetery is full, however, this is not correct. There is space for the next 30 - 40 years (approx). Please see this page for more information on grave availability in Glasnevin Cemetery - https://www.glasnevintrust.ie/funeral-services/new-graves-availability/ We also offer advance grave selection. If you would like to know more about this service, please contact our cemetery office on 01 882 6500.
How and when do I purchase a grave?
You can purchase a grave in advance of burial, if this is something that works for you, please contact the relevant cemetery for further information on this service. Otherwise, you make the payment at the time of burial. It is important to note that the cost of a foundation for a headstone is not included in this fee, please see the regulations at the end of this page.
Who can be buried in a grave?
The grave owner and their direct family (husband, wife, children, mother, and father) can be buried in a grave without written permission. Any other relative or person associated with the grave owner can be buried in the grave with written permission from the owner. In the case where the grave owner cannot provide this permission, it will need to come from the grave owner’s spouse, children (all), or executor with the appropriate authority.
The grave owner remains the owner ‘in perpetuity’ (forever) unless they transfer ownership to a nominated party in their lifetime. The original ownership documentation associated with the grave is required in these circumstances.
Can ashes of the deceased be placed in a family grave?
Yes. If this is an option that works in accordance with the wishes of the deceased, please contact the relevant site to arrange this process. In the case where the family plot is full, this is an option that may work as the urn is placed underneath the headstone of the grave. This method ensures that there is minimal disruption to the family grave and those that surround it. It is important to note that the scattering of ashes is not permitted in Glasnevin Trust cemeteries.
What can I do to keep my grave tidy?
Graves can be maintained as follows:
- By the families.
- By the Glasnevin Cemeteries Group on a single one off basis and also on an annual basis.
- A yearly maintenance fee is charged on all burials; the grave will therefore be tidied by Glasnevin Trust for 1 year after the burial.
- A stone monument can be placed so as to cover the surface of the grave, thus avoiding the necessity to maintain the grave in the future. It should be noted that the grave must be full before this can be done.
- Palmerstown, Dardistown and Newlands Cross Cemeteries, being Lawn Cemeteries, are maintained by Glasnevin Trust
How do I arrange a cremation?
Your first port of call will be to contact a funeral director or an undertaker who will guide you through the process with expert care and sensitivity. There are forms to fill out, so take your time and go through them carefully with the funeral director/undertaker. You may also want to consider plans for the ashes at this point. We have a number of cremation-specific memorial options at all of our cemeteries, please see here - https://www.glasnevintrust.ie/funeral-services/urn/ for further information.
How do cremation services work?
A cremation service is similar to a conventional funeral service. In many cases, the service will take place in the local church or relevant building appropriate to the beliefs of the deceased. There are chapels/temples at Dardistown, Glasnevin, and Newlands Cross. The option to have a short committal service prior to the cremation is available at these locations if this is appropriate to the wishes of the deceased and their loved ones. There is no obligation to do so. There are no cremation facilities or chapels/temples at Goldenbridge and Palmerstown.
What happens at a cremation service?
Mourners gather in the chapel/temple, and the coffin arrives. The service generally lasts about 20 minutes. Once the service has come to completion, the coffin is taken to the committal room, and mourners disperse. The coffin will then be taken to the crematorium. The cremation technicians undertake the necessary checks and procedures to ensure that all details relating to the deceased are in order.
What happens to metals and jewellery during cremation?
In the case where there are metals, including implants, remaining once the cremation process comes to completion, they will be taken care of in a sensitive and sustainable manner. We work with a company called Orthometals BV, based in the Netherlands, who are specialists in recycling metals in these circumstances. They work with crematoria in many different countries. It is recommended that all jewellery belonging to the deceased is removed prior to the cremation process.
What happens to the coffin during cremation?
Is there a service at the Crematorium?
In the case of cremation, as with burials, it is normal to have appropriate services celebrated in the parish/local church attended by the person during his/her lifetime. The coffin is then removed to the chapel in the Crematorium grounds, where a short committal service, similar to that at the graveside in the case of a burial, takes place. The form of the service depends on religion. This is optional and it is open to the personal representative to make other arrangements if he or she so wishes.
Is there any form of memorial at Glasnevin or Newlands Cross Crematoria?
What happens on the day of the service?
Can more than one coffin be cremated at a time?
Can relatives witness the committal of the coffin to the cremator?
How sure am I that I will receive the right ashes?
Can I inter the ashes in a grave owned by my family?
Monumental Rules and Regulation for Glasnevin Trust Cemeteries
Glasnevin Trust operates 4 different Cemetery locations, all with their own specific Monumental rules and regulations:
- Glasnevin Cemetery (including Goldenbridge Graves)
- Palmerstown Cemetery
- Dardistown Cemetery
- Newlands Cross Cemetery