I recently took a stroll through historic Glasnevin Cemetery (All shots taken with the Fuji X100s)
A very sobering place.
The range and variety of graves and vaults is amazing. The cemetery itself dates back to 1832. Some of the older graves have anti-gravedigging cages fitted around them from the time when bodies were snatched and sold on to be used for dissection or anatomy lectures in medical schools. There are even watchtowers around the perimeter of the cemetery where watchmen once stood guard, protecting the graves against bodysnatchers. It makes you wonder what it must have been like working such a job – in the early days, the place would have been a lot quieter and much less developed than it is today. The odd sound of horses and carriages instead of cars, the streets dimly lit and sparsely populated. On cold winter’s nights, it must have felt like an endless shift at times. Amazing.
Many prominent Irish figures from all walks of life are buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, including Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins, Éamon de Valera, Arthur Griffith, Maude Gonne, Kevin Barry, Roger Casement, Constance Markievicz, Pádraig Ó Domhnaill, Seán MacBride, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, Frank Duff, Brendan Behan, Christy Brown and Luke Kelly of the Dubliners.
It is well worth a visit if you get the chance. Entry is free and you can also visit the equally amazing National Botanic Gardens by going through an entrance at the far end of the cemetery.