Posts Tagged ‘ Glasnevin ’

News in Brief-Ireland Goes Blaa Blaa As Michael D Set To Visit Lizzy


Blaa, Blaa, Blaa, only in Waterford! That’s right, the floury nap has been given protected status so that the name Blaa can only be applied if the bread is made in the South East. They join Champagne, Cornish Pasties and Feta Cheese after a group of Waterford bakers united to prevent imitators.

A nun has had her claim for damages of €38,000 after a car accident quashed as the judge ruled the accident never happened. Sister Helen Ugbome, of the Nigeria-based Holy Family Sisters told the court she was hit in the rear of her vehicle by Edel Macklin from Glasnevin, while stopped at traffic lights. However Ms Macklin disputed the claims saying, she was stopped behind Sr Ugbome when she got out of her car, told Macklin she’d hit her and got her insurance details. The judge however wasn’t having it and suggested Sr Ugbome was in fact trying to claim an estimate of insurance after an accident a month previous. God giveth and God does taketh away. Continue reading


A Brisk Autumn Walk Enjoyed: Sculpture In Context


On a rather chilly Saturday morning my companion and I ventured forth to our annual, much-anticipated visit to the Sculpture in Context exhibition at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. Unlike previous years, we actually managed to make our way around the entire exhibition and were satisfied that we had seen absolutely everything (except for exhibit number 146 which appeared to be missing). The chilliness of the weather proved to be an important factor in the success of the day’s activities; we achieved this magnificent result because the day was too cold to dawdle around as much as on sunnier visits. Added to that we initiated an unusually organised approach (in other words, we had a plan) to our seasonal cultural activity of sculpture spotting. Continue reading

Gardai Release Footage As They Seek To Trace Margaret Mangan


Gardai have released CCTV footage which places missing Dublin woman Margaret Mangan less than 7km from her Terenure home on the day she went missing.

The footage shows the woman , who suffers from Alzheimer’s, walking with her dog in the Glasnevin area on Tuesday evening. Continue reading

Last Chance To See Sculpture In Context This Saturday.

Sculpture in Context

Considered by some “the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Northside Dublin” the National Botanic Gardens will open its doors yet again to the Sculpture in Context 2012 for its consecutive 26th year.

The exhibition has been running for the last month and will end this coming Saturday (20th of October 2012)

Sculpture in Context has, over the years staged highly acclaimed visual arts events at venues such as Fernhill Gardens, the Conrad Hotel, Kilmainham Gaol, the Irish Management Institute, Dublin Castle, Farmleigh House and the National Botanic Gardens.

The gardens are not only a quiet oasis on the outskirts of Dublin, they also gives the artist the rare opportunity of realising large scale work in a botanical haven. It also gives the visitor an opportunity to ramble and explore, sometimes finding sculptures in the most unusual places. The sculptures are displayed throughout the gardens, ponds, Great Palm House, and Curvilinear Range, with the smaller works exhibited in the gallery above the visitors’ centre.

Some of the sculptures are highly original. From Michelle Maher’s “Symmetry” flower heads installed on the surface of the water to “Bobbing Apples” by Ayelet Lalor, and the “Migration” coral-like sea creatures by Petrina Shortt, viewers will be able to wander in a maze of creativity. There are sculptures that children will enjoy with the large eyeballs “A good Gawk” by Sandra McCowen and the cuddly “Bears Necessities” sculptures by Liz Walsh and Clodagh Murphy.

Other participating artists this year include Gavin Friday, Peter Killeen, Cliodna Cussen, Sonja Landweer, Liz Nilsson, Brigitta Seck, Breda Marron, Leo Higgins, Jackie Ball. Claire Halpin and Madeleine Hellier, Peter Koning, Kathleen Standen, Jane Murtagh and many many more.

Where: National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.

When: 6 Sept – 20th of October. Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 6pm
Admission Free.

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Day trip to Glasnevin: Dublin’s Necropolis

On a day that promised to be dry, I set off for Glasnevin, planning to divide my time between the National Botanic Gardens and Glasnevin Museum and Cemetery. After a pleasant amble around colourful flowerbeds and glasshouses, I headed up the road to the cemetery, entering via the Prospect Gate, passing appropriately enough a pub called The Gravediggers. The cemetery, opened in 1832 as a cemetery for the burial of people of all religions and none was the result of Daniel O’Connell’s vision and energy. Glasnevin Trust opened the museum in 2010 and aims to tell the story of the past to future generations.

I have visited the cemetery before for a brief stroll, but this time I decided to take advantage of ‘Fiver Friday’, which offers a reduced combined entrance fee to the museum and tour until the end of August. I also noticed a similar offer for Wednesdays (‘Midweek Madness’) during July and August, so I wondered if visitor numbers are perhaps down at present. The usual entrance fee (for museum and cemetery tour) is a stiff-ish €10 for what is arguably a museum of fairly specialist interest and one that would not really suit very young children.

You might also perhaps think it is not an obvious place to go for a summer family day out; being in many respects educational rather than a venue of fun and frivolity. Having said all of that however, I think that any attempt to present the history of the cemetery, as well as the cultural and religious rituals of death to a younger audience is greatly to be welcomed. The museum also has a wonderful opportunity here to tell the stories of at least some of the one million men, women and children buried at Glasnevin. I noticed that the museum caters for school visits and you could see that its interactive displays would reach a younger audience, where traditional displays might not.

The video presentation in the museum’s ‘City of the Dead’ basement exhibition tells us that the planners laid Glasnevin out as a garden cemetery so that not only was it to be a place of last repose for the dead. It was also to be a place for the living to stroll and sit, peacefully amongst the trees and architecture. I found that this calm, contemplative image however was somewhat tarnished by the gruesome threat of grave robbers in the nineteenth century. The gallery curators have re-created a scene demonstrating an ingenious grave robbing technique that I am not sure I really wanted to know about. As to whether any Glasnevin graves were actually despoiled, apparently no one will ever really know. Presumably the high walls and watchtowers deterred many would-be Burkes and Hares.

I mentioned the museum being able to tell people’s stories and the curators have done this in different ways. A feature that I particularly liked was a wall of Perspex ‘memory boxes’, which each contained articles relating to the life of the person named. Glasnevin may be known for its famous inhabitants such as O’Connell, Collins and Maud Gonne, yet they are far outnumbered by ordinary citizens. Folks of many trades are commemorated here. Upstairs in the museum gallery there is an interactive 10-metre long historical timeline, which demonstrates the links between many of the people buried in Glasnevin. At present, there is also an interesting exhibition on Daniel O’Connell.

I had a fascinating afternoon with Glasnevin’s history, though I still have reservations about a tourist attraction situated in a cemetery. I watched a procession of funeral cars sweep in the grounds, just after I had been sitting having a leisurely lunch (with lovely cheesecake) and reading my book at the Tower Cafe. I know it is true to say that ‘in the midst of life’ but I felt guilty  for enjoying the afternoon while someone else was grieving. Thoughts anyone?

Click on the link above for opening times and exhibition details.