Tuesday 6 December 2022

A History of St James 's Church & Graveyard, Dublin: free pdf

Genealogist, lecturer and historian Sean J Murphy has made available for free download an e-book version of A History of St James’s Church and Graveyard, Dublin. The paper book is now out of print.

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The book includes parallel histories of the Protestant and Catholic Parishes of St James and features appendices listing both ministers and priests. There is also much new research contained in the book, including:

  • a chapter on St James and Compostela
  • the fact that Dr Pearse Lyons, who funded and brought to fruition a project to restore and convert the decaying old church into the new Pearse Lyons Distillery and Visitor Centre, which opened in 2018, was born in Inchicore, Co Dublin, and not in Dundalk as originally thought
  • that about 100,000 people are buried in St James's Graveyard, mostly Catholics
  • and that the burials include Sir John Trail, architect of Kilmainham Gaol, James Power, founder of Power's Distillery, and nine members of Dr Lyons's family.

Most importantly for researchers, the book also provides practical guidance for those who wish to check if someone is buried in St James's Graveyard.