Shankill Road Graveyard

Shankill Road Graveyard

The Shankill Road Graveyard

The Shankill Graveyard had been used as a burial ground for over one thousand years, among the 500 Hundred Thousand people said to be  interred there contains those from all walks of life, rich, poor, men of the cloth, members of Parliament, and soldiers from the great, and Williamite wars, there is also a section where many victims of the great Cholera outbreak of 1832 are laid to rest.

The Shankill Graveyard is such a Historic site, to learn of our past or just to sit and reflect in the beautiful garden of rest and although it is no longer used for burials it contains a special area where cremated remains can be scattered and a stone memorial plinth for recording and remembrance.

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Shankill Road Graveyard

Poem by local man Albert Haslett

In the garden of rest on the Shankill                                                                                          I was amazed at once by the scene
The paths were so neat and tidy
And the grass so short and green
No sign of litter or beer tins
People just sat on the seats
Enjoying the sun at their leisure

Such a feeling of great content
Made me want to care
As I looked around at the headstones
I felt there was someone there
There was a feeling of silence
as I looked at the names of the past
Mill workers, merchants, and builder
The rich and the poor of Belfast.

As I took in this aura of history
Like a book with page after page
I saw a stone to a Royal Air Force man
Killed at fourteen years of age
Memorials to famous people
Names you have often heard
The Nelson Family from Sugarfield
the Telegraph founder William Baird

Then I gazed again at the people
Sharing their worries in chat
Do they think as often as I do
That this will be their lot
When their name is called by the One above
Their trouble at once will cease
And like the people who went before them
I pray they will rest in peace

Albert Haslett