Glasnevin Cemetery & Crematorium
A working Cemetery and final resting place to some of Ireland’s most iconic figures in history - Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, Eamon De Valera, Michael Collins, Countess Markiewicz, Maud Gonne McBride, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Brendan Behan, Luke Kelly, Michael Cusack and Liam Whelan. Less acclaimed people include victims of the Great Famine, the Cholera outbreaks and the Air India crash as well as the babies in the old Angels plot which was renovated and inaugurated by President McAleese in 2005. The new Angels plot (1970 to present day) is currently undergoing renovation.
Trust Florist Glasnevin can deliver flowers to a grave within the cemetery at no extra cost. Order online or contact us on + 353 (0) 1 882 6510
Glasnevin Cemetery was established in 1832 under the direction of Daniel O’Connell for the purpose of burying “people of all religions and non”. The cemetery encompasses 124 acres and 1.5 million burials. Glasnevin has great national heritage through the social and historical history of the people buried there from all walks of life over 178 years.
The Cemetery’s most famous architectural feature is the 51 metre high O’Connell Tower, designed by George Petries and made of Wicklow granite, where the remains of Daniel O’Connell are interred in a family crypt directly below the tower. It is the highest round tower in Ireland.
The Mortuary Chapel, designed in the 1870s, is appointed with stone carvings by James Pearse (father of Padraig and Willie).
For many thousand of years, cremation has been used as an alternative method of disposing remains after death. The first cremator was invented in Padua Italy in 1873. In 1963 the Roman Catholic Church permitted cremation. In 1982 Glasnevin Trust established the first crematorium for all those in the Republic of Ireland who wish to use the service of cremation. It is one of the most modern in Europe and the number of people cremated in the country has risen year after year.
The Columbarium wall allows placing of cremation urns into individual stores which are sealed and adorned with a memorial plaque.
This plaque can be engraved with an inscription or dedication; it is also possible to attach a photograph or a flower holder. Each individual store or niche accommodates one or two cremated remains. It is possible to reserve spaces in the Columbarium Wall for future use by other family members.
Garden of Remembrance
The Garden of Remembrance is designed to reflect miniature burial grounds where cremated remains are interred in ground vaults. Above each vault a memorial stone is inscribed with the name and date of death.
At the time of cremation it is possible to reserve spaces alongside for future use by other family members.
Contacts & Location
Glasnevin Cemetery, Crematorium & Florist
Finglas Road, Dublin 11
Office Manager: Maureen Clarke
Crematorium Manager: David Thompson
P: + 353 (0) 1 882 6500 | F: + 353 (0) 1 830 1594
Burial / Cremation Office Opening hours
Mon – Fri: 9.30am to 5.00pm
Sat: 9.30am to 1.00pm
Access to Glasnevin Cemetery grounds
Mon – Sun: 9.00am to 6.00pm