Sketches from Glasnevin Cemetery - 29 April 2018
A cold sunny day at Glasnevin Cemetery on Sunday. Well worth a visit. It's a working cemetery, but also a tourist attraction (the Hop On/Hop Off bus stops there!), with a museum, tours, and the opportunity to walk up to the top of the highest round tower in Ireland (55m), recently re-opened to the public.
Before we started, James read some passages from Ulysses, the Hades chapter, where Bloom and some of his friends go to the funeral of Paddy Dignam. Bloom reflects on death and decay, and the fertilising properties of the dead body!
The first thing that will strike you when you walk through Glasnevin is how vast it is. It is said that there are more Dubliners buried there than there are alive now in the city! But it is also wonderfully peaceful and bucolic, with beautiful trees growing among the graves. There is a gate to the Botanic Gardens, situated next door, and also a gate to the Gravediggers pub, where we met at 4 o'clock for a drink and a chat.