At this time of year, our thoughts turn to things slightly dark and otherworldly, so what better excuse to look at interesting graveyards? If you’re partial to a touch of Gothic, you really should drop into Mount Jerome cemetery in Dublin, where you will find the biggest collection of Victorian funerary art in Ireland.
Inspired by the growing mortality rates in the expanding city, the General Cemetery Company of Dublin bought the house and lands of Mount Jerome in Harold’s Cross and opened Ireland’s first privately owned cemetery in January 1836. With more than 250,000 burials to date, Mount Jerome has the highest number of interments in the country after Glasnevin Cemetery. This is the only Irish cemetery in which gatemen wearing morning suits and top hats greet and accompany funeral corteges.
Among the graveyard’s more famous occupants is Dr. William Wilde, founder of the first eye and ear teaching hospital in Ireland, surgeon oculist to Queen Victoria, Irish history expert, and father to Oscar Wilde. His vault is marked by a granite monument with a white marble tablet and is the third vault from the Main Avenue.
Notable artists and authors buried in Mount Jerome include William Carleton, John Millington Synge, Jack B. Yeats, AE Russell, and George Fitzmaurice, and it is also the final resting place of patriot Thomas Davis.
And for the season that’s in it, try this for something truly eerie: The tomb pictured below features a bell and chain, installed to ease the owner’s fears of being buried alive…
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