Glasnevin Cemetery tour guide, Paddy Gleeson, in action
Opened in 1832, Glasnevin is Ireland’s national cemetery located only 2.5km from Dublin’s bustling city centre.
This stunning Victorian garden cemetery offers visitors a peaceful oasis against the busy backdrop of the cityscape.
Over 1.6 million people have been laid to rest in this hallowed place and with them over 1.6 million stories lie waiting to be told.
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum opened in 2010 and offers a window into Irish history and the guided tours are filled with enjoyable anecdotes and wry stories that bring it to life.
Passionate, knowledgeable and entertaining guides take visitors on a journey through Ireland’s fascinating past, visiting the gravesides of Ireland’s heroes and heroines, rogues, rebels and revolutionaries.
On arrival, Glasnevin offers visitors a spectacular first impression – many expect a dull, morose, possibly even depressing cemetery visit. However, from the moment they arrive, it is evident that this is far from the case.
The combination of architecture, the iconic O’Connell tower, mature indigenous trees, wildlife and sheer vastness of ornate monuments speckled over 124 acres is both eye catching and awe inspiring.
A range of tours and experiences are available at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, from daily guided tours to the O’Connell Tower experience.
The museum also recently launched an audio guide that allows visitors to take a self-guided tour of the cemetery and visit over 20 of Glasnevin’s most visited graves.
There is also a great opportunity to discover Ireland’s herstory carved in stone at Glasnevin this year.
The museum is hosting a series of guided walking tours which focus on the stories of some of the inspirational women who played a pivotal role in shaping Irish history and culture, including Maud Gonne MacBride, Delia Larkin, Charlotte Despard, Madeline Ffrench Mullen, Jennie Wyse Power, Elizabeth O’ Farrell and Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington.
These tours take place at 2pm on the last Sunday of each month until November.
Sales and marketing manager at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum Ann Kilcoyne said: “We are thrilled to confirm that the women’s tours are making a return this year. There are so many incredible women buried here who played such important roles in Irish history and we see these tours as a chance to bring their stories to more people.”
The women’s tours have proven immensely successful with many positive reviews from visitors:
“I visited Glasnevin for the second time and this time attended the women’s tour to commemorate 100 years of female suffrage in Ireland. Bridget, an excellent guide, gave us an informative and touching account of some of the key female players in the suffrage independence and labour movement in Ireland. This is history at its best. I would highly recommend a visit to any one with even a little curiosity about Ireland’s past.” – 660carmels, Limerick.