JOHN KAVANAGH – DUBLIN PUB
I often heard people talking about the ‘gravediggers’ pub in Dublin (located on Prospect Square at the original entrance to Glasnevin cemetery) but I was never really aware of its actual location until I first photographed it in 2019
Back in the 19th century, the pub was gifted to John Kavanagh by his hotelier father-in-law John O’Neill. The pub has been in the Kavanagh family for nearly 200 years now with Ciaran and his siblings being the seventh generation.
The pub is said to have gotten its nickname because of its proximity to the cemetery, and because gravediggers used to come in for pints after a long day’s work. There is even a legend that the gravediggers used to order their drinks through a hole in the cemetery wall, although this is unlikely to be true.
The Gravediggers Pub is a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike. It is known for its traditional Irish atmosphere, its friendly staff, and its excellent pint of Guinness. The pub also serves a variety of traditional Irish food, including coddle, stew, and fish and chips.
In addition to its history and atmosphere, the Gravediggers Pub is also known for its paranormal activity. Many people have reported seeing ghosts and experiencing other strange phenomena in the pub. This is perhaps not surprising, given its location next to a cemetery.
Despite its spooky reputation, the Gravediggers Pub is a welcoming and enjoyable place to visit. It is a great place to experience a traditional Irish pub, and to learn more about the city’s history and culture.
Prospect Square/De Courcy Square is a residential enclave located east of Glasnevin Cemetery, approximately 2 kms north of the city centre. The area is made up of two ‘squares’, DeCourcy Square and Prospect Square,and three streets, St Teresa Road, St Teresa Place and the northern section of Prospect Avenue. The majority of the buildings are late Victorian and Edwardian houses with red and yellow brick facades.