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‘It’s thought to bring good luck if you touch Daniel O’Connell’s coffin’
Things to do in Dublin
A Tour of Glasnevin Cemetery
I have often said, I must go and see that when travelling around Dublin, but seldom follow through. For many years, I have passed by the gates of Glasvnevin Cemetery and said these words. But I recently was invited to join a couple of friends on a tour of this amazing cemetery which is the final resting place of many of Ireland’s leading patriots, rebels, politicians and writers.
I was amazed by some of the features of the tour, particularly with the visit into the burial crypt of Daniel O’Connell (1775 – 1847) The Liberator (Bio on wikipedia), whose importance in Irish and world history was well stated by President Barack Obama in his keynote address on Dublin’s College Green (the site of one of O’Connell’s famous Monster Meetings) when visited Ireland recently. I am digressing.
Inside the O’Connell crypt we were told by our guide Daniel O’Connell’s body lies perfectly preserved in a lead-lined oak casket, and it is considered good luck to pop your hand in under the plinth and touch the coffin. The lead-lined coffins of O’Connell’s family and descendents are stacked one above the other in an alcove alongside The Liberator and to the back of the crypt the O’Connell Tower marks the spot inside the entrance of the graveyard and dominates the local skyline. Outside of the crypt there is a circle of tombs where lie the bodies of prominent citizens who paid to erect the fitting tribute to O’Connell.
O’Connell died in Genoa, Italy. His dying wish of having his buried in Rome and the rest of his body in Ireland was complied with. The eminence of his crypt in Glasnevin Cemetery is indicative of the incredible esteem in which he was held. Amongst other things, it was O’Connell who fought to open Glasnevin Cemetery in 1832 as the first nondenominational cemetery in Ireland, and he was an advocate for human rights across a whole range of areas including the abolition of slavery.
Glasnevin Cemetery is also the final resting place of Charles Stewart Parnell, Arthur Griffith, Michael Collins, Eamonn DeValera, Brendan Behan, Christy Brown and Maude Gonne, and each grave has its own unique story.
Glasnevin Cemetery is a 10-minute walk from Egans House and there are organised tours each day. Contact reception to find out more.
We signed up for Twitter a while back and have been looking for ways that it might help our guests, friends and wider network (We’ll just call you ‘The Network’) to better enjoy their time in Dublin, and get a taste for some of the more interseting aspects of life in Dublin.
Incidently, we’re known on Twitter as @EgansHouseTeam , and you can find us at www.twitter.com/egansHouseTeam
Anyway, to cut a long story short, while looking at an interesting Twitter tracking service called @dubl_twopcharts , we were struck by the range of info that is out there and decided to compile public lists of Tweeters that might wish to interact with The Network and vise versa, and set about collecting names of bars, restaurants, winebars, bookshops, galleries, theatres, writers, critics and so on. Check out our List Page
The List is small but growing at the moment. We will build it up. If there is a list that you would like to see us compile or if you should be on any of our lists, let us know. Drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to this we will be using Twitter to highlight Things to do in Dublin and pass on any special offers that might be available from those on The List, as well as the all important business of musing about what’s going on around Egans House.
Finally, if you are on Twitter, Tweet Us and say HELLO.
EGANS GUEST HOUSE has provided Bed & Breakfast accommodation for tourist and business visitors to Dublin in an idyllic central location for many years.
What makes us special
Competitive pricing, personal service, our location (Close to Croke Park and just off the main bus route to Dublin Airport) and an eclectic range of local amenities – Bustling restaurants, lively pubs, tranquil green parks, and did we mention Croke Park – make us ideal for city breaks, tracing your Irish roots (we’re very close to Glasnevin Cemetery, and its award-winning – 12 gongs so far – Museum and Geneology Centre) and short business trips.
What’s the blog all about
We have started a blog to keep you in touch with what is happening around the guesthouse, highlight interesting things to do in the local area and around the city, and most importantly provide some insider information and tips on how to make the most of your stay in Dublin.
We also hope to publish posts by guest bloggers, such as guests who wish to share their experiences in Dublin City, or indeed local writers or small businesses who wish to share their own unique insights on things to do, see or avoid in our wonderful city.
So, we hope you find our musings useful and entertaining, and ask you to keep in touch and occasionally add your own thoughts on what we have to say.
Pat & Monica Finn