Of all the times I’d been to Dublin, I’d never been to Glasnevin Cemetery. When my Irish cousin suggested we meet up at the cemetery (it’s huge – over 1.5 million people are buried there so I really couldn’t miss it), I didn’t think it was odd.
It was a perfect suggestion – easy to drive to and find a park, an onsite museum, tours, a touch of genealogy, the Botanical Gardens next door and an infamous pub close by.
Turns out that Daniel O’Connell is buried at Glasnevin. Well, I say buried…he’s in a wood and bronze coffin in an underground crypt with a bloody great tower over the top (which there are plans to develop into a lookout over the cemetery). Touching the coffin is thought to bring about good luck – not sure whether I had any but I certainly had a good day capped off with a pint at the pub.