Belfast Graveyard Taxi Tours takes you on an educational and fascinating journey of discovery. If you are a student or connoisseur of history or politics, you will love learning about the key figures, events and secrets of Belfast’s history.
Did you know? The City Cemetery has an underground wall that was built to keep Nationalist and Unionist graves apart. In effect, this is the original ‘peace line’ and interface area in Belfast.
City Cemetery, Belfast
Part one of the tour, at City Cemetery, focuses on the industrialisation of Belfast. You will visit the graves of notable Belfast industrialists such as Daniel Joseph Jaffe who was a leading linen merchant who built the first synagogue in Belfast, Sir Edward Harland who co-founded the shipbuilding company responsible for the Titanic, Vere Foster, a philanthropist and champion of the poor in Ireland and Samuel Scott, a 15 year old who was the first fatality during the building of the Titanic.
There are many other secrets to be found in City Cemetery as we visit the Jewish Section, the inventor of sign language and the many graves relating to both world wars and the Boer war.
Milltown Cemetery, Belfast
Part two of the tour takes place at Milltown cemetery and will focus on the politicisation of Belfast. Bobby Sands, who died on hunger strike in 1981 is buried at Milltown. The cemetery features ‘republican plots’ dedicated to members of the Provisional IRA, Official IRA and INLA whilst the County Antrim Plot records all republican deaths since 1796.
Other notable graves include those of Winifred Carney, a combatant in GPO, Dublin during the 1916 Easter Rising and Giuseppe Conlon, who was marvellously portrayed by Pete Postlethwaite in the 1993 film, ‘In the Name of the father’.
Milltown was the scene of the Milltown Cemetery attack on 16 March 1988, when loyalist paramilitary Michael Stone attacked a funeral, killing three mourners as ‘Gibraltar 3’ Dan McCann, Seán Savage and Mairéad Farrell, were being buried.
Clifton Street Cemetery, Belfast
Due to being on the other side of the city, a visit to Clifton Street Cemetery is optional and must be booked in advance. The cemetery holds the graves of a number of Belfast’s most distinguished figures such as William Drennan (founder of United Irishmen), Henry Joy McCracken (United Irishman) and Mary Ann McCracken (United Irishwoman and social reformer).