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Decorating Graves with Pebbles

Hello, I noticed many graves in Ireland are decorated with a rock border which often is filled with glass or rock pebbles. This is something I do not see here in the states. Has it been a tradition in Ireland? Here it's the gravestone with grass surrounding it. The cemeteries here allow flowers close to the head stone but not much else. 


Wednesday 26th October 2016, 03:32AM

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  • Hi again

    I'm not sure if it can be called a tradition or more a question of ease and handiness, certainly in the present day. Some priests dictate what can and cannot be added to a grave in terms of headstone etc but I don't know of any specific tradition re grave borders. In some places particularly along the north and west coast they would have used whatever materials were available to them - much the same for the stone walls I guess, so that the built heritage around offers clues to the lives our ancestors led. Grass needs to be maintained too so pebbles are easier to maintain. 

    Clare Doyle

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    Clare Doyle

    Friday 28th October 2016, 10:42AM