This Old Plot is the resting place for over fifty thousand infants who were buried there from its opening in 1832 up to the 1970’s. Glasnevin was one of the few cemeteries that allowed stillborn babies to be buried in consecrated ground. Many were buried in the ditches and hedges on the outside of other cemeteries around the country. Often parents buried their babies themselves between dusk and dawn in fear of being caught and yet wanting their baby to buried in Holy Ground.
As as side note: when you leave Portmagee harbour on the way out to Skellig Michael there is a small island just past the docks where the unbaptized were buried