Glasnevin Crematorium was the first to open in Ireland, and we offer more than 40 years of experience and understanding of Ireland's evolving cremation traditions. Our expert team are here to ensure the wishes of the deceased and the instructions of your Funeral Director are fulfilled, and offer you meaningful choice for the cremation service and memorial options.
How to Arrange a Cremation
Your first port of call is to contact a Funeral Director who will assist you in planning and ensure important documentation is provided in liaison with our staff. We suggest you also contact our team at Glasnevin Cemetery directly to discuss your requirements for the committal service and memorials.
For those who wish to create a memorial space at home or in a place of special significance, we offer a range of urns, caskets and keepsakes. Many families choose to create a memorial in our cemetery, providing a space for gatherings or private reflections. Please call us for more information or to arrange an appointment.
Glasnevin Cemetery & Crematorium
Finglas Road Dublin D11 XA32
01 882 6500
Memorials for Cremation
Columbarium Walls provide a final resting place for loved ones and a peaceful space for families and friends to return to and honour their memory.
Each wall contains a small niche, designed for the placement of an urn containing ashes of the deceased with an engraved memorial plaque. Families may visit the cemetery to select a niche, or our experienced staff will make the selection on your behalf.
Urns are interred in a separate ceremony and many families opt to gather and share this experience together.
Niches may be reserved a the time of cremation alongside a family member. Please contact us for advice on how this option can be tailored to meet your requirements.
The Garden of Remembrance is designed to reflect miniature burial grounds, with cremated remains interred into ground vaults. Above each vault a memorial stone is inscribed with the name and date of death. At the time of cremation it is possible to reserve spaces alongside for future use by other family members.
These beautiful bronze water urns are designed to provide 'a natural return to nature'. The ashes of your loved one are placed inside the urn, which catches rain water and releases the ashes very gradually back into the earth. Available in several styles of patina, the water urn can accommodate the ashes of two deceased loved ones and the process is only triggered when you want it to begin.
Whether located discreetly within the grounds of the cemetery or in the privacy of your home garden, the water urn provides a space for contemplation and a permanent memorial to your loved one, and may be inscribed according to your wishes.
This option is for those whose ashes are not placed in Glasnevin Cemetery (they may have been scattered in a significant place for the family, for example), but where the bereaved wish to have some permanent memorial of their loved one. We can provide a space similar to a traditional plot, with a headstone outlining the names and details of those who have passed away.
For those who opt to create a memorial space at home or in a place of significance to the deceased, Dublin Cemeteries Trust have an exclusive selection available to purchase - from traditional and contemporary urns to intricately crafted jewellery.
Click here to see a sample selection and for further information and advice.
The beautiful 19th-century chapel in Glasnevin Cemetery is available for both burial and cremation memorial services. The impressive Hiberno-Romanesque architectures reflects the Catholic Ireland of the period, but services of all denominations are welcome, for up to 150 mourners. (Subject to Covid-19 restrictions.)
The Milestone Gallery
Following a cremation or burial service, you may wish to hold a post-funeral reception here in Glasnevin. The Milestone Gallery is an elegant, contemporary space overlooking the beautiful cemetery grounds, and can accommodate up to 60 guests for light meals, snacks, tea and coffee. (Booking is currently suspended.)
The burial records of Glasnevin cemetery document every person who has been laid to rest here since 1832, and are available to search within our Archive. Please contact our Burial Records & Genealogy service.
Our experienced staff are happy to answer any questions you may have about our services and locations, and will work with you to fulfil the wishes of the deceased. Some common questions about cremations and burials are answered here.