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This is yet another of the hundreds of thousands of grave monuments situated at Glasnevin cemetery, North Dublin.

With over 1.2 million people buried here, the cemetery rightly carries the name as Irelands Necropolis. The monuments that stand here are an incredible array of sculptures, tombs, Celtic crosses, miniature buildings, mausoleums and much more. For anybody who likes cemetery photography, its a wonderful place to visit.

Counted among those resting here are Lords and Ladies, presidents and politicians, actors, poets and bishops. Not all of the memorials are to the well known or wealthy however, with this also being a resting place to the victims of many tragedies including outbreaks of disease, plague and hunger.

The cemetery was created by Daniel O Connell, a much loved figure in Irelands history. Known as the Liberator or the Emancipator, he was an Irish political leader in the first half of the 19th century. He campaigned for Catholic Emancipation including the right for Catholics to sit in the Westminster Parliament, denied for over 100 years.

O'Connell's philosophy and career have inspired leaders all over the world including Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Balzac wrote that "Napoleon and O'Connell were the only great men the 19th century had ever seen."

When O Connell created this place, he envisioned it as a rare (in Ireland) non denominational resting ground. A place for people of all faiths and of no faiths.

Today, his legacy is marked with the largest of all the monuments in Glasnevin, the 171 foot tall Round Tower that stands proudly above his family crypt at the main entrance. This is the tallest round tower in Ireland and a beacon across much of North Dublin.

This particular sculpture is towards the back of the site, and on an "island", which is built over a number of sunken crypts the entrance to which are in a narrow strip similar to a moat surrounding the island. Access to this little island is through a separate set of gates, which really makes it feel like a cemetery in the cemetery, and on entry, you can walk forward into the monuments, or down a set of steps that lead to the doors to the crypts.

Thanks for looking.

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2593 W: 12 N: 6198] (21682)
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