As the largest non-denominational cemetery in Ireland with over 1.5 million burials, the vast Glasnevin Cemetery is a good starting place for anyone wishing to research their Irish family history. Here you can learn about the life and times of the Dubliners of Glasnevin Cemetery by taking a tour, visiting the museum or doing a genealogy search online.
The cemetery’s historyGlasnevin Cemetery contains the remains of some of Ireland's most notable forefathers. These include political figures like Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera and Daniel O'Connell. You can experience the changing styles of grave markers throughout the centuries. The move from plain, unadorned stones in the 1860s to more elaborate Celtic crosses owed much to heightened feelings of nationalism from 1860-1960. The cemetery is also notable for being the location of the 'Hades' chapter in James Joyce's seminal novel, Ulysses.
Find out more at the museumGlasnevin Cemetery is home to a fascinating museum all about people. By tracing the ordinary and extraordinary lives of Dubliners that have found their final resting place in the cemetery, tour guides and exhibitions build up a picture of the people who helped shape Ireland. One of the best ways to fully experience the different stories from the museum is by taking one of the daily guided tours.
Glasnevin Cemetery is located on the north side of Dublin city centre on Finglas Road near the Botanic Gardens, and just 10 minutes by car from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport.