An historic garden setting to honour life with choice, dignity and respect.
Goldenbridge is the foundation stone of Dublin Cemeteries Trust, the first cemetery to be opened by Daniel O'Connell and the Dublin Cemeteries Committee in 1828, to fulfil his vision to provide dignified burial space "for those of all religions and none".
An oasis of calm and tranquility in Inchicore, close to the city centre, it is also the smallest of our cemeteries, covering just two acres. Like Glasnevin, which opened four years after Goldenbridge, it is a Victorian Garden cemetery. Dominated by beautiful mature trees and a large central monument, this is a unique space with a distinctly peaceful, even rural atmosphere.
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In 2017 Goldenbridge reopened as a working cemetery, and we are pleased to offer new burial options within the Victorian grounds.
Within the historic walls of Goldenbridge cemetery lie the legends of a city and a nation, and the story of Dublin Cemeteries Trust.
The extraordinary life and times of our founder Daniel O'Connell is richly told at his own burial place in Glasnevin Cemetery. His pioneering vision of equality which continues to drive the Trust forward today, and his ultimate legacy in establishing Ireland's National Cemetery, all started here in Goldenbridge.
What Lies Beneath
The striking neo-classical Mortuary Chapel at Goldenbridge was completed in 1835. Beneath it are vaults that were built to house guards and Cuban bloodhounds that would protect the cemetery against bodysnatchers who would attempt to dig up and steal corpses from cemeteries in order the sell them to those who were studying anatomy and medicine.
A staircase within the walls of the chapel would allow them to reach the roof and view the surrounding area, while the high walls that surround the cemetery were completed before any burials took place in order to reassure those who were burying their loved ones within the cemetery that they would be well protected.
History, Carved in Stone
In 2017 Goldenbridge reopened as a working cemetery, offering new burial plots for the first time in nearly 150 years. The refurbishment of the neighbouring Richmond Barracks and the ongoing conservation and restoration work at Goldenbridge will revitalise the area, engage with local communities and protect the stories of all those buried here for future generations.
Income derived from the sale of graves and columbaria at Goldenbridge is used exclusively for the conservation, restoration and maintenance of the cemetery.
Find Famous Graves
Politician, revolutionary, first head of government of the Irish Free State and one of the most influential political figures of 20th-century Ireland.
Member of the Irish Volunteers who was killed in the fighting at the South Dublin Union. Step-brother of W.T. Cosgrave.
Eugene Lynch (far right)
An 8 year old child killed during the the 1916 Rising. One of forty children to lose their lives during the fighting.
A doctor and rugby player for Ireland between 1892 and 1897. A member of the British Lions team that toured South Africa in 1896 and was later President of the IRFU.