Pioneer Cemetery

​Pioneer Cemetery


  • When the church was being built a 25-year-old Irish immigrant named Tom Donlon was working on the roof when he fell to his death. His burial marked the official start of Dublin Cemetery.
  • The Dublin Pioneer Cemetery was officially established in 1859, with the death and burial of Tom Donlon.
  • It contains over 450 grave sites. It is still an active cemetery.
  • Fallen Oak Tree - One of the oldest oak trees in Dublin fell during a storm in January 2017. The tree was so large that it fell across 8 plots and damaged many headstones, Jeremiah Fallon’s included.
  • Much of the plants that are in the cemetery were used symbolically. The large weeping willows that are there represent loss and the mourning families.
  • The main pathway that leads down the middle of the cemetery is known as Hawthorn Way, because it is lined with Hawthorn trees. In Irish/Celtic mythology it is one of the most sacred trees and symbolizes love and protection. It was also believed to be in habited by faeries or guardians of the afterlife. It is a significant detail to the park since the church and cemetery were established by the Irish Catholics.  
  • A few families in the cemetery were a part of the infamous Donner Party Exhibition
  • Dublin Cemetery is the resting place of many of the pioneering families of the area, such as:
    • Fallon, Murray, Donlon, Dougherty, Kolb, Muller, Glass, Dobbel, Tehan.