Photographer's Note

Pictured here is a monument in Glasnevin Cemetery in North Dublin city.

The monument is a life size sculpture of a woman with her hands clasped in prayer as she looks skyward and offers a prayer for the dead. She stands on top of a plinth approx. six feet tall, so from base to the top of the statues head, this monument is about 12 feet tall.

The sculpture stands in a central island in the cemetery, where the tombs for the dead are in a circle below. The doors to the tombs are accessed in a deep recess about 12 feet deep and 5 feet wide and the monuments for those interred stand on the "island" above. There would be about 200 large monuments standing on this gated island. Interestingly, a large number of the tombs belong to families with Italian names such as Paulozzi, Rocca, Cappoci, Senezzi and Verrecchia. I have never discovered why there are so many Italian names in this area of the cemetery.

Glasnevin is rightly known as the national necropolis of Ireland, with over 1.2 million burials taking place here since the cemetery was founded by Daniel O Connell in 1832. This is a considerable number considering the great Dublin area has a population of 527 thousand, or 1.8 million if you count the entire greater Dublin area. This 1.8 million people represents almost 40% of Irelands entire population.

Among those resting here are lords and ladies, bishops, presidents and prime ministers, as well as victims of plague, hunger, poverty and tragedy.

People do sometimes remark that I spend an unhealthy amount of time in cemeteries and I cannot disagree, but I find that they are places of immense calm and beaut. For the photographer, the number of sculptures, monuments and tombs here offer never ending subjects.

The most notable tomb here is that of Daniel O Connell himself, a 171 foot high round tower, making it the tallest in Ireland. Although that is visible from many miles around the city, there are hundreds of other tombs of interest taking the form of miniature cathedrals, churches, sculptures of people and thousands of traditional Celtic crosses, pinnacles and much more.

Tours of the cemetery are available from the recently completed Glasnevin Museum which is a brilliant feature of this place offering one of the most concise and complete records of Irish genealogy in existence.

Thanks for looking!

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4177 W: 26 N: 9240] (33774)
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