There are roughly 1.5 million inhabitants in the Dublin metro area and you might bump into a few at the local pubs or at a rugby match. Not many people realize that within the city, there are another 1.5 million residents you won’t be likely to see on the street.
You can however find them at Glasnevin. The necropolis that is Glasnevin Cemetery, located a few blocks from the National Botanical Gardens is famous for many things. As mentioned, the sheer size of the place and the unbelievable number of tombs rivals the number of happy go lucky Dubliners that live, work, party, and play just a few steps outside its gates.
Other points of interest? The tombs of the brave, the inspiring, and the famous such as Daniel O’Connell, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, and Michael Collins can all be found within the walls. The crematorium is also unique for being the largest and most modern in Europe. More recently, Galsnevin has opened a wonderful museum where one can practice a bit of genealogy, something that not all cemeteries provide.
I suggest showing up early for one of the tours so that you may get an insight into Dublin’s past through the voice of a local… and keep an eye for the watch towers as these were placed to keep body snatchers at bay during the 18th & 19th centuries!