BOHERMORE CEMETERY IN GALWAY – RESTING PLACE OF THE FAMOUS AND THE NOT SO FAMOUS
This was my second visit and while I did visit again in 2018 and 2019 the weather was too wet and windy for me to spend enough time there.
In 2016 I described this as a Victorian Style Graveyard but some people disagreed with this description. For example one person, who provided much useful information, commented as follows “ Victorian Style means meandering paths, lots of trees, and some water features to make it more like a park to visit. Also, Victorian cemeteries tend to be a bit more non-conformist with religious affiliation, but Bohermore, as you saw, is still very religious and pretty much just laid out to maximize the use of space.”
Another person complained, in a very long email, that I was in breach of copyright which was a claim that I did not understand. Note I had had asked for permission to photograph and was invited to return.
According to Wikipedia “The origins of the Victorian cemetery were based on Victorian ideas of regulation and structure, much like other parts of Victorian society such as workhouses, asylums and prisons. The Victorian cemetery was a new way of burying people due to innovative landscape design and architecture. After 1800 dedicated garden cemeteries were created to solve earlier problems with overcrowding and sanitation. Their designs were based on the idea of Arcadia.”
Bohermore is located in Galway, Ireland. The name is derived from the Irish literally meaning “the big road”. On the last day of my 2016 visit to Galway I walked at random around the area and came across this interesting cemetery and it was not what I would have expected if I had been looking for it. It is very well organised, well maintained and rather modern which may explain why the locals refer to it as the ’new cemetery’. This year, during a break in the weather, I revisited the cemetery but for some reason I was not as impressed as I had been back in 2016 but I cannot explain why I was less impressed.
As already mentioned I visited again in 2018 and 2019 but had to cancel my 2020 visit to Galway. I have booked a hotel for a week in June but I beginning to doubt that I will be able to travel because of travel restrictions.