Ireland’s National Cemetery opened its gates in 1832 and is the final resting place for many modern Irish heroes, among them statesmen Michael Collins, Daniel O'Connell and Eamon De Valera, writers Jonathan Swift and Brendan Behan, Maud Gonne MacBride, Countess Markievicz, Ann Devlin and many more. At 124 acres, it is the largest cemetery in Ireland and also has the country's tallest round tower which marks O'Connell's tomb. The high walls and watchtowers you see today were built to keep out bodysnatchers operating in the 18th and early 19th century. Walking tours (90mins) are a great way to explore this large and fascinating space which is still in use today.
Glasnevin Museum Built as part of the preparations for the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, this modern three-storey museum houses details of the famous people buried at Ireland's necropolis. Follow the digital timeline that charts the history and draws connections between the cemetery's most interesting inhabitants. Then descend to the basement's City of the Dead and discover how different religions commemorate and celebrate their deceased. The museum also has a café, shop and genealogical research facility.