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New path links historic graveyard with gardens

A NEW link between the living and the dead has been established at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.

Visitors will now be able to walk from the cemetery into the adjacent National Botanic Gardens after a wall was knocked through to create a path. Glasnevin Trust chairman John Green said the gardens and the graveyard attract 1.2 million visitors every year.

And as Bloomsday approaches on June 16, a tulip portrait of iconic author James Joyce is a riot of colour in the gardens. It took 17,000 grape hyacinth bulbs, 6,000 tulip bulbs and three days for staff from the Office of Public Works to complete.

People will be able to explore more than 200 acres of parklands when the nearby Tolka Valley park is included, which, according to OPW junior minister Brian Hayes, will be the second-biggest green space in the city after the Phoenix Park.

Irish Independent