Vectorising simple graveyard sketch plans

We train communities to do simple sketch plans of historic graveyards ( The gravediggers 3 ft or 1 m pace is key to drawing a simple but accurate sketch plan. With our friends in Glanmire, Co. Cork we have been surveying Rathcooney graveyard. We did the standard pencil on A4 sheet drawing of the older section of the graveyard and uploaded it to the website and now Robin Turk has vectorised the drawing for the group. We did it as an experiment to see how long it would take. It took a few hours to do but I think it is very atractive and clear. Read more »

East Meets West in Cork -Community Led Partnerships

There are over 30 LEADER companies in Ireland and the Rural Development Funds they use in community-led projects are confined to strict territories. However, when neighbouring LEADER companies follow their communities lead and engage in joined-up thinking we get synergy. We have been training and working with community groups in South and East Cork and the SECAD Leader company throughout April and May, adding 20 historic graveyards to the dataset on Read more »

Historic Graveyard Training in West Cork - June and July 2013

Following a series of Open Nights held around West Cork in March and April a schedule of community training in historic graveyard recording and digital publication commences this week in Innishannon. The plan is simple - we will start in the east of the district and work our way westwards throughout June and July. The project is funded by the West Cork Development Partnership.


The first week is as follows (more dates will be added here tomorrow);

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SECAD Training Details week of 3rd June 2013

We will spend this week working with community groups throughout South and East Cork in digital storytelling recording and publishing training. The project is funded by SECAD in tandem with an Ireland XO heritage training programme.

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Headstones as Postcards from the Past

Notes below

These are the prompts used during the talk and not an exact script.

Nick Maxwell ( recommended that we focus on 'harder' topics in local history and archaeology, citing Tom Dunne's book ( as an example of high quality history writing. Keep this in mind when telling stories of the past. Read more »

Community Genealogy & Historic Graves

Presented to the IGRS AGM in London in May 2013.




Community Genealogy and Historic Graveyard Surveys 

in Ireland 


A sense of discovery is a key part of our engagement with Historic Graveyards – this sign on a side road in Co. Kilkenny, near Thomastown, is the first hint of the presence of an historic graveyard.

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Putting People First in Cork

For the last two months we have been working with community groups throughout South and East Cork with the support of the Ireland XO animator for SECAD, Grace Fox and with the cooperation of Cork County Council.We have about 4 weeks of fieldwork and recording Read more »

Dowsing and historic graveyards

Dick Eastman is intrigued by the possibility of using dowsing to find forgotten graves. Reading his post I am reminded of a colleague telling me they used dowsing to layout a trench in an historic graveyard excavation in Wales. They needed to avoid a buried foundation and used dowsing to detect, mark and avoid the foundations. Now, field archaeologists are very sceptical, often by nature and always by training. We believe it when we see it! Therefore I am not certain my good friend and colleague was not pulling my leg and maybe we should try and replicate his experience. Read more »

How-to Signup to Become a Transcriber


A short video showing how to signup and become a member of the Historic Graves website and project. Read more »

Video of rubbings in Shanrahan, Co. Tipperary, and a very fine headstone


Under the shadow of the Knockmealdowns Tony & Mark took to the recording of the graveyards of south Tipperary like ducks to water. Mark is a geographer and Tony a retired builder so they both had a strong spatial sense and a tidy approach to dealing with paperwork.

This video shows the lads doing their first newsprint rubbing in Shanrahan graveyard. The group of graveyards from Newcastle, Tubrid and Shanrahan have a distinctive iconography of carving in the tympanum (top part of headstone). Common motifs in the Arma Christi headstones are the Pillar on which Our Lord was scourged entwined with the rope which bound him and this is clearly seen in the rubbing. Read more »

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