Matthew Potter and Maura Cronin 2012

Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Republic of Ireland

A co-operative project in cemetery research: Mount Saint Lawrence Cemetery, Limerick City 1855-2010

This paper examines a project on-going at Mary Immaculate College Limerick since 2010. Exploring the place of Mount St Lawrence Cemetery in life of Limerick city (1855 to the present), the project has four distinguishing features: (a) It involves co-operation between a third level institution, a municipal authority, and local communities; (b) It brings together seasoned and novice researchers – faculty, postgraduates and undergraduates and (c) It combines research in contemporary documentary sources, digitisation of the cemetery registers, photographing and recording of the cemetery’s monuments, and a programme of oral history interviewing. The paper examines the work of the Mount Saint Lawrence Project over the past two years, focussing on three main themes: the ways in which the research was integrated in the final year history undergraduate programme, the preliminary findings of the register digitisation programme, and the light thrown by the photography project on changing trends in religious devotion and iconography in a Catholic cemetery in urban provincial Ireland. 


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