Things To Do in Glasnevin
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Glasnevin is Ireland’s largest cemetery where over one and a half million people are buried including icons such as Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Maud Gonne, and Eamon DeValera. Glasnevin’s mission strives to showcase the fascinating stories, from the ordinary to the extraordinary, of those laid to rest in the cemetery. There is an enviable collection of statues and headstones from the simplest to the magnificently ornate, including Daniel O’Connell’s crypt.
The O’Connell Tower:
198 steps to breathtaking views of Dublin, the tower opened to the public for the first time since it was destroyed by a bomb in 1971. It is Ireland’s tallest round tower and stands at 180 feet. Built-in 1854, it is the tombstone of the great liberator, Daniel O’Connell, who lies in an ornately decorated crypt at the base of the tower.
The Helix is Ireland’s newest and most exciting multi-venue performance space. The Helix comprises three different auditoria, Mahony Hall, The Theatre and The Space, alongside a visual art gallery and these are all contained in a truly breathtaking building designed by A&D Wejchert. Despite a proliferation of new media, there is still no way of recreating the unique experience only live performance can deliver and The Helix at last gives Ireland a truly world-class facility in which to experience this. The Helix is based in the heart of the campus of Dublin City University.
Dublin City University
Take a visit to Dublin City University, a relatively new and modern campus. Created as the National Institute for Higher Education, Dublin, in 1975, it enrolled its first students in 1980 and was elevated to university status in September 1989.
The National Botanic Gardens
The National Botanic Gardens are located in Glasnevin, situated between Prospect Cemetery and the River Tolka, where it forms part of that river’s floodplain. The gardens
were founded in 1795 by the Dublin Society (later the Royal Dublin Society) and are today in State ownership through the Office of Public Works. They hold 20,000 living plants, many millions of dried plant specimens and there are several architecturally notable greenhouses.
The Pyramid Church
Glasnevin is served by the Church of Lady of Dolours. A timber church, which originally stood on Berkeley Road, was moved to a riverside site on Botanic Avenue early in the 20th century. The altar in this church was from Newgate prison in Dublin. It served as the parish church until it was replaced, in 1972, by a structure resembling a pyramid when viewed from Botanic Avenue.
John Kavanagh’s The Gravediggers
John Kavanagh’s pub lays claim to being the oldest family pub in Dublin – it was established in 1833 and the current family are the 6th generation in the business. Also known as ‘The Gravediggers’ because of its location next to the Glasnevin cemetery and its attached folk history, this is a genuine Victorian bar, totally unspoilt – and it has a reputation for serving one of the best pints in Dublin. No music, “piped or otherwise”.
Experience Gaelic Games
Experience the most unique modern cultural activity in Ireland– Gaelic Games. Learn of some of the oldest tribal field games in the world. The sessions are flexible and are tailor-made to suit the profile & dynamic of each group. For some it will be all about the sports – they will wish to get stuck in immediately and want to play the games. For others, it will centre on the impact of Gaelic games on Modern Irish Culture with a focus on team building and more sedate activity. It is educational, cultural, fun and something that you can only do when in Ireland.
Grand Canal Walk
The route is an informal linear park punctuated by the locks that characterise canal technology, carefully restored surviving lock-keepers cottages and the towns and villages whose existence is owed to the trade and commerce the canal brought in the 18th and 19th centuries. The many towns and villages along the way provide walkers with accommodation possibilities along the route and as public transport options are good, these places can act as starting and finishing points for those who want to sample only sections of the route.
Mountjoy Square is one of five Georgian squares in Dublin, planned and developed in the late 18th century. It is Dublin’s only true Georgian square, each of its sides being exactly 140 metres in length.