Clifton Street Cemetery was originally opened by Belfast Charitable Society in 1797 as the New Burying Ground. Many notable citizens of Belfast are buried within its walls including the McCracken, Joy and Drennan families. Thousands of people also lie in unmarked graves. Some lived out their final days in the Poor House; others died without friends to bury them and there are those who tragically lost their lives in the 1832 cholera epidemic and the Irish Potato Famine.

All human life rests in Clifton Street Cemetery.

Today it is managed by Belfast City Council, however Clifton House regularly run tours and talks on the graveyard, and offer a genealogy service using the records they hold.

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