Milltown Cemetery

The History of Belfast, Written In Stone, Book 2

Tom Hartley uses the story of Milltown cemetery to examine key events in Belfast’s history, industries and politics, and looks at the careers of the many writers, artists, entertainers and sportsmen buried there.

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‘Milltown has much to tell us about Belfast’s chequered past, whatever our religion or politics. Our history is bigger than our tribe.’

Milltown Cemetery, the burying ground for the Catholic community in Belfast for almost 150 years, is one of Belfast’s most significant landmarks.

Thousands of people come to the cemetery every year, some to reconnect with their family history, others drawn to the extraordinary stories of the people buried there. Mill workers,
labourers, clergy, Italian immigrants, victims of the Blitz, soldiers of the First and Second World Wars, political activists, IRA volunteers, republicans, victims of the Troubles – Milltown’s graves are a historical record of the social, religious and political life ofBelfast over two centuries.

In this book, Tom Hartley, leading authority on the graveyard, guides the reader around Milltown. With over one hundred photographs, and detailed entries on over three hundred noteworthy graves, this is an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to know more about Belfast and its people.



  • Format: Paperback / Softback
  • Published On: 31 July 2014
  • Publisher: Blackstaff Press
  • ISBN / EAN: 9780856409257
  • Page Count: 440
  • Dimensions: 7.80 in x 5.10 in x 1.30 in

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