Dead Interesting

Dead Interesting : Stories from the Graveyards of Dublin

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From the simplest slab of weathered stone to the most imposing monument, every marker in Glasnevin cemetery bears witness to a life that, in ways small or large, helped shape the history and culture of the Irish state. Shane MacThomais offers a fascinating insight into some of these lives in this book. Within its pages, you'll meet not only the heroes of the Irish fight for freedom, like Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera, but also lesser-known Irish men and women who made important contributions to the state in the arts, sports, military service, politics and other areas of Irish life. Glasnevin Cemetery, encompassing Mount Jerome, Bully's Acre, the Hugeunot Cemetery and the jewish Cemetery, has great national significance through the social and historical influence of the people buried there from all walks of life over 178 years. Famous people interred there include the founder of the cemetery, Daniel O'Connell, as well as Charles Stewart Parnell, Anne Devlin, O'Donovan Rossa, Christy Brown, Brendan Behan and Luke Kelly.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 16mm | 340.19g
  • The Mercier Press Ltd
  • Cork, Ireland
  • English
  • 84 black & white illustrations
  • 1856358054
  • 9781856358057
  • 221,712

About Shane MacThomais

Shane MacThomais has been the resident historian and tour guide at Glasnevin Cemetery for over twelve years. A second-generation historian, Shane has been involved in the Dublin historical and literary fields for over 15 years. As well as being a television and radio pundit, Shane worked in the James Joyce Centre as its librarian and archivist and was a key member of the hugely successful 1916 Rising Tour.

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Review quote

"MacThomais [...] has a great knowledge of graveyards and a great knack for storytelling" -- Colm Farren 20120310 "our cemeteries are a treasure trove of the fascinating, the tragic, and the unexplainable." 20120225

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