One Million Dubliners

Every Plot has a Story


Glasnevin Cemetery is the final resting place of 1.5 million souls; it is Ireland’s national necropolis. One Million Dubliners reveals the often unspoken stories of ritual, loss, redemption, emotion, history - and the business of death.

But this is really a film about life: the Saint Valentine’s Day rush in the florists; the American visitors eagerly searching for Irish ancestors; lost and longed for love; discovery and bereavement; earthy gravediggers and musicians in celebration. eclipse

Above all, it’s the story of an immensely engaging Tour Guide shepherding his charges - and us - through the headstones and monuments, through opinions and beliefs. Filled with the familiar and the fascinating, this is a documentary that offers a glimpse into the unknown, into a world we will all come to share.

Often humorous, always affecting, One Million Dubliners explores life, death and the afterlife, and ends in a way that will stay with you forever.

Even in a cemetery you never quite get used to death.

An Underground Films production in association with RTÉ, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Shoot for the Moon and BordScannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board. 

Director’s Statement

Glasnevin Cemetery is a magical place, the site where life and death converge and history meets modernity. This film, which began as the story of the characters that inhabit Ireland’s largest non-denominational graveyard, is really about the Irish experience of death, from the rituals in which we find solace at our very darkest moments to our unique views on religion and the life beyond the grave – Aoife Kelleher

One Million Dubliners Official Trailer

About the Film

Glasnevin Cemetery, where memory and modernity converge, life and death come together. Founded in 1832 and the burial site of many of Ireland's most prominent heroes, writers and rebels of all creeds and class, (because Glasnevin continues to respect its non-sectarian charter), the place is steeped in history.

Ultimately, this documentary on Dublin’s city of the dead, whose inhabitants outnumber the living beyond the walls, is really about life in 21st century Ireland. In telling the stories of the characters who populate the national necropolis: those who have chosen to work there, as well as those who come to bury or commemorate the dead, our film provides unique insights into contemporary Irish society: the people, their traditions, their attitudes and rituals. 

Press Commentary

“A dauntingly comprehensive and beautifully filmed work.” Donald Clarke, The Irish Times

“Brilliant idea, rendered with insight, compassion and humour. I loved it.” Philip Molloy, The Picture Show, Newstalk

“A superbly crafted film - leaving no stone unturned." Gordon Hayden, Spin 1038

“Rarely has a film outperformed expectations to this degree. Its description is hardly enticing. But, like the small details of the cemetery, it catches you off guard and provides you with all you need in a film.” Film Ireland

“Tipped to be a massive hit.” The Irish Independent “Was blown away by itvery moving.” Flirt FM

“One Million Dubliners is a documentary like no otherimmensely engaging” Scanná

‘’Entertaining, thought-provoking and poignant’’ Michael Doherty, RTÉ Guide 

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