Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday, almost: Royal Irish Constabulary, Glasnevin



This memorial to members of the Royal Irish Constabulary, who are interred at Glasnevin, marks interments which took place between 1884 and 1965.  If you have an ancestor who served with the RIC and you believe they may be named on this stone, send me an email at irisheyesjennifer @gmail dot com and I will check the photos with a loupe to draw out the information.

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All Photographs Copyright©J.Geraghty-Gorman 2011.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Rev. James Fay, Glasnevin Cemetery



Just south of O'Connell's circle stands this monument over the grave of Reverend Father James Fay, founder and Guardian of the Orphanage of St. Catherine's Parish, Dublin. The statue depicts Fay as the all encompassing guardian of orphans, two of whom are featured along with him. In the 1879 book, A Guide to Glasnevin Cemetery, it is written of James Fay, "of him it may be truly said that his bones have a tomb of orphans' tears wept on them".

Fashioned by Westmeath born, Dublin raised, sculptor extraordinaire James Cahill, the statue was presented by the people of Dublin as an expression of their profound regret over the loss of Fay. Reverend James Fay was a man noted not only for his work with orphans, but also for his religious devotion and ardent love of his country Ireland.  Fay died 30 January 1861 at the age of 41 years.  The monument was erected in 1864.

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All Photographs Copyright©J.Geraghty-Gorman 2011.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Burial Ground of the Dublin Metropolitan Police, Glasnevin



In addition to this burial plot of Dublin Metropolitan Police Officers at Glasnevin, there is also a DMP gravesite at Mount Jerome (click for link).

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All Photographs Copyright©J.Geraghty-Gorman 2011.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Intriguing names in the Necropolis: Hercules and Achilles

Sometimes I find myself drawn to tombstones, not only because of their beauty, but because of the names which they bear.  Here are a couple of examples from Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin, namely Hercules Ellis and Achilles Daunt:

Hercules Ellis
The stone reads:

Here lieth all that was mortal
of
Hercules Ellis
of
83 Stephens Green
"The well beloved and devoted son
of
Sarah and Nicholas Ellis"
Whose spirit passed to God
On the 29th of August 1879.

Achilles Daunt, D.D., 1832-1878
The stone reads (in part):

Erected
By the members of his family
In Memory Of
ACHILLES DAUNT D.D.
DEAN OF CORK
Born At Kinsale August 23rd 1832

Click on the links below for biographical information about the interred:
Achilles Daunt
Hercules Ellis
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Copyright© J.Geraghty-Gorman 2011.
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