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GLASNEVIN CEMETERY 001
CHURCHES AND GRAVEYARDS
MOUNT JEROME CEMETERY 13 OCTOBER 2023
THE GRAVEDIGGERS PUB
I was planning to visit the Botanic Gardens today but got the wrong bus and had to walk through Glasnevin Cemetery in order to get to my destination.
Glasnevin Trust has officially rebranded as Dublin Cemeteries Trust.
Glasnevin Cemetery, established by Daniel O'Connell in 1832, is one of the most significant historical sites in Ireland. However, it is also a working cemetery, with a wide variety of burial spaces available to purchase, and cremation options also available.
Covering 124 acres, the original Victorian garden cemetery has grown to encompass new lawn-style plots and memorial gardens, all nestled in amongst mature trees and the beautiful monuments to Ireland's past for which Glasnevin is famous. Our team of caring professionals are here to guide and support you as you honour, celebrate and remember your loved one.
The cemetery contains historically notable monuments and the graves of many of Ireland's most prominent national figures. These include the graves of Daniel O'Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins, Éamon de Valera, Arthur Griffith, Maude Gonne, Kevin Barry, Roger Casement, Constance Markievicz, Seán MacBride, Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, James Larkin, Brendan Behan, Christy Brown and Luke Kelly of the Dubliners.
The cemetery offers a view of the changing style of death monuments in Ireland over the last 200 years: from the austere, simple, high stone erections of the period up until the 1860s, to the elaborate Celtic crosses of the nationalistic revival from the 1860s to the 1960s, to the plain Italian marble of the late 20th century.
The high wall with watchtowers surrounding the main part of the cemetery was built to deter bodysnatchers, who were active in Dublin in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The watchmen also had a pack of bloodhounds who roamed the cemetery at night.
In 2009, Glasnevin Trust in co-operation with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) began identifying the graves of Irish service personnel who died while serving in the Commonwealth forces during the two world wars. These names are inscribed on two memorials, rededicated and relocated in 2011 to near the main entrance. A Cross of Sacrifice was erected in the cemetery, in a joint Irish-British commemoration ceremony, to mark the First World War centenary. As of July 2019, there are 215 service personnel of the Commonwealth of both wars identified as buried here.
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