Wednesday 13 December 2017

Stranger Things: Glasnevin Cemetery launches new hidden histories tour

'Dead Interesting' in Glasnevin

Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
James Pearse carvings at Glasnevin Cemetery
Cross of Alexander MacDonnell at Glasnevin Cemetery
Seapoint Tragedy Grave at Glasnevin Cemetery
Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin
Glasnevin Cemetery & Museum, Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Heard of the Seapoint tragedy? The Phoenix Park Murders? Or the woman who died once but was buried twice?

For once, Daniel O'Connell and Michael Collins can step back.

These terrifying tales are just the start of the spooky surprises unveiled in a brand new tour of Dublin's much-loved Glasnevin Cemetery.

The aptly-named ‘Dead Interesting’ tour showcases the "less well-known" facts and figures in the final resting place of some 1.5 million souls.

Glasnevin Cemetery & Museum, Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
Glasnevin Cemetery & Museum, Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

The 90-minute tour runs daily at 1pm, with tickets priced at €13/€10pp including entrance to the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum.

"This is Glasnevin Cemetery as you’ve never seen it before, shining a spotlight on the Cemetery’s wonderful art, historical architecture, and its lesser-known but equally fascinating inhabitants," according to management.

Weird and wonderful highlights include:

  • A horrible history of bodysnatching
  • Maria Higgins, who died once yet was buried twice
  • The last Irish winner of Wimbledon
  • The grave of James 'Skin the Goat' Fitzharris
  • The Seapoint tragedy of 1836
  • The man who cut the ribbon to open Sydney Harbour Bridge (when he wasn't meant to)
  • An IRA arms dump in the cemetery's old circle
  • The Church Street Tenement Collapse of 1913
  • The death of a parrot in 1911
  • The devilishly diverse world of cemetery wildlife
  • Carvings by James Pearse, father of Padraig

'Dead Interesting' tours start with a background history of Glasnevin, and include discussions on its architecture and diverse, 185-year-old history.

Seapoint Tragedy Grave at Glasnevin Cemetery
Seapoint Tragedy Grave at Glasnevin Cemetery

"Alongside this, it is an opportunity for those who have perhaps already visited the cemetery to see it in a new way, separate from the big names of Irish history that sometimes dominate the limelight," says lead historian, Conor Dodd.

The tours commence this Monday, February 27, with ticket prices also including a €5 credit for cemetery genealogy searches.

For more details, see glasnevintrust.ie.

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