ST FINBARR’S CEMETERY IN CORK
Having said that I have noticed that broken pillars or columns are more common in Church Of Ireland graveyards than in Irish Catholic graveyards I did see at least one in St Finbarr’s Cemetery but they are not many considering the it is a multi-denominational (non-denominational) cemetery. Because of a thunder storm I had to abandon my search for more examples of broken pillars/columns. I had intended to return later in the week but got distracted but I plan to visit Cork again in August and that could be my last visit to Cork City as I cannot afford (am unwilling to pay) to stay in a hotel as the asking prices have increased by between 200% and 300%.
Broken columns signify lives cut short or those who died young or in the prime of their life. Often these symbols have been used when the living died suddenly (for example in a road accident). The columns range from classical to modern designs.
St.Finbarr’s municipal cemetery is located at Glasheen Road, Cork City. It is operated by Cork City Council. It opened in 1867, and houses both Roman Catholic and Protestant burials. The cemetery houses the graves of many prominent people and it is also the location of the Republican Plot which houses the remains of many of those killed in the War of Independence/Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921 and the Civil War 1922-1923, such as Tomás MacCurtain, Terence MacSwiney, and Tadhg Barry.