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Time Out says

The first Irish cemetery to welcome people of all faiths and the final resting place for over 1.5 million people

What is it and why is it important?

Glasnevin Cemetery is a famous graveyard on Dublin's Northside that’s the resting place of some of Ireland’s most well-known names. Over 1.5 million people have been laid to rest here since 1832 and the space tells the story of how Ireland won its independence and what life was like for Dubliners throughout the past 200 years.

What famous people are buried there?

Some of the most influential figures of Ireland's Easter Rising and War of Independence are buried here like Micheal Collins, Éamonn de Valera, and Countess Constance Markievicz. It's also home to some of the most creative people Ireland has ever produced like Luke Kelly from The Dubliners, playwright Brendan Behan, and Christy Brown who wrote 'My Left Foot'.

Is it worth visiting?

A visit to Glasnevin Cemetery is a fantastic trip back through history. You’ll hear myths of gravediggers and grave robbers, and get the chance to climb the 180-foot O’Connell Tower as well as the ornate crypt below. For more information or on a characteristically rainy Dublin day, head inside the interactive museum. With the award-winning museum and choice of guided and self-guided tours it’s a great way to get a real understanding of Dublin and Ireland. 

What’s worth visiting nearby?

You can’t come to Glasnevin and not pop into The Gravediggers for a pint. Many swear that this place serves the best pint of Guinness in all of Dublin and possibly even the world. Nab yourself a seat in the older, wooden part of the pub and you'll find it very hard to leave.

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Cían Byrne
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Cían Byrne


Finglas Rd, Glasnevin, Dublin 11
Opening hours:
Summer daily 10am-6pm; Winter daily 10am-5pm
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