City and Cemetery : a history of Mount Saint Lawrence, Limerick, by Matthew Potter.

City and Cemetery : a history of Mount Saint Lawrence, Limerick, by Matthew Potter.

This book records the history of a graveyard which has been the primary place of burial in Limerick city since 1849 containing the remains of over 75,000 people. Compiled by Limerick City and County Council historian Dr Matthew Potter and edited by Limerick archivist Jacqui Hayes, the publication forms part of a major joint project between Limerick Archives and Mary Immaculate College dealing with the history and heritage of the cemetery.

The 196-page publication is the result of a concerted effort by a large team of researchers to create the history of Mount Saint Lawrence. The book is framed by two overarching themes: firstly, the role of the study of ‘death and dying’ in Irish society; and secondly, the impact of social change since the late eighteenth century on death and its accompanying cultural practices

The book "was written in the belief that a cemetery containing the remains of over 75,000 people also contains the history of Limerick. All sections of society, whether former mayors of Limerick or from the workhouse were buried here. This history examines the wider social aspects of how death is approached in Ireland using oral histories, the records of Mount St Lawrence itself and family photographs donated by the public.” Jacqui Hayes, archivist.

“Mount Saint Lawrence Cemetery has played a major part in the life of Limerick city for over 150 years. Studying all aspects of Mount Saint Lawrence through its registers, headstones, oral histories and newspapers leave one in little doubt that, despite modernisation and social change, death and the cultural practices that accompany it continue to play a central role in Limerick’s history.” - Dr Matthew Potter.

A comprehensive history of one of Ireland’s oldest and largest cemeteries. - Limerick Post.