William Casey, Deirdre Collins, Terri Kearney, Barry McMahon and Margaret Murphy as it was announced that Cork County Council’s Skibbereen Heritage Centre has uploaded a further 23,000 previously unavailable burial register records.

20,000 burial records in Cork added to online database

More than 20,000 previously unavailable burial records in Cork have been uploaded on to an online database, it was recently announced.

Skibbereen Heritage Centre has uploaded a further 23,000 previously unavailable Cork county burial register records from 18 graveyards. This brings the total number of burial records now available on their website skibbheritage.com to more than 82,700, all of which are available to access free of charge from anywhere in the world.

This latest upload includes graveyards from West and East Cork as well as the Macroom and Carrigaline areas, with some records from North Cork available for the first time too.

The digitisation project is supported by Cork County Council and the small team at Skibbereen Heritage Centre have been working on it for some years now, bringing these records into the public realm for the first time. With the support of Cork County Council, Skibbereen Heritage Centre hope to continue this project over the 2024/25 winter period to upload more records next spring, primarily from the North Cork area.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Frank O’Flynn said: “We have received a phenomenal response to this project, with many people discovering their ancestor’s forgotten final resting place. It really means a lot to those researching their Cork ancestry from around the world, and many of these enquiries have brought visitors to the area to visit their ancestral burial ground.”

Skibbereen Heritage Centre staff have also produced a series of genealogy podcasts which cover how to search for burial records not included in this database. These podcasts are available to access free of charge on the Skibbereen Heritage website.

The burial grounds included in this upload are:

· Kilfaugnabeg Old

· Dunbullogue

· North Abbey, Youghal

· Old Church, Cobh

· All Saints, Garrycloyne

· St Mary's, Garrycloyne

· Aghabullogue

· Matey

· Kilmurry/Lissarda – St Finbarr's

· Kilmurry/Lissarda – St Mary's

· North Kilmurry, near Berrings

· St John's Coachford

· Marmullane, Kilmurry, Passage West

· St Mary's Carrigaline

· Killingly, Ballygarvan

· St Mary's Passage West

· Burnfort

· Ballyclough