The Poor Ground

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Milltown Cemetery contains what appear to be three large, unused, spaces (see the second and third images, below). They are in fact the Poor Grounds, mass graves of those unable to afford an individual grave. The plaque shown above puts the number at 65,000, WP puts it at 80,000. (The total number buried is about 200,000.) They include victims of typhus in the 1870s, and of the great influenza pandemic of 1918-1919. There is more information at CultureNI and Milltown Cemetery. Tom Hartley’s book on Milltown was released by Blackstaff Press last year (2014).
“Public Sections 24, 27 & 33, opened November 1869, closed January 1937, hold the remains of 65,000 men, women and children. Rannóga pobil 24, 27 & 33 fosclaíodh é Samhain 1869, druideadh é eanáir 1937. Istigh tá 65,000 corp d’fhir, mhná agus de pháistí. Requiescant in pace.”
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