Thursday, January 26, 2012

"A Munificent Benefactor to Religion": John Donegan, Dublin Jeweller, 1862

This pedestal tomb, which stands over the grave of John Donegan, speaks not only to his eminence as a Dublin jeweller, but also to the clout he bore as the official jeweller to the Catholic clergy of Dublin.   Donegan was a devout Catholic, and it was to him that the Catholic clergy went to have chalices and other accoutrements fashioned for their practice.  Also, to each priest assigned to go to a foreign mission, John Donegan gave a silver chalice, a paten (a plate used during the sacrament of the Eucharist), and a silver case within which they would carry holy oils.  As his stone attests he was indeed, "A Munificent Benefactor to Religion".

The stone reads:

Pray For
The Repose Of The Soul Of
John Donegan
Dame Street
A Munificent Benefactor to Religion 
Who Departed This Life
The 18th of November
Aged 68 years


Heritage Council, Death & Design in Victorian Glasnevin, 2000, Publications Grant Scheme.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

In memory of his dearly beloved children...

The stone reads:

Erected by
R.J. Murphy J.P.
Wood Park Glenageary

In Memory Of
His Dearly Beloved Children
Died May 21 1887, Aged 11 months
Died May 24 1887, Aged 2 years
Died May 24 1887, Aged 3 1/2 years
Richard James
Born & Died Feb 2, 1874

Thy will be done.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday, almost: 'The Woman in White'

Evocative of the white clad figure in Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White,

“...As if it had that moment sprung out of the earth or dropped from the heaven — stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white garments...”

The gravestone dedicated to Ellen Palles, Glasnevin:

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

'Among the great and the good': Michael Carey, the first interred in Glasnevin

Lie The Remains Of
The Beloved Son of MICHAEL CAREY
Of Francis St
Who Was The First Ever Interred
In This Cemetery
22nd February 1832
When Daniel O'Connell founded the Prospect Cemetery at Glasnevin, and opened it in 1832, it was with the intention of providing a burial ground for all, no matter what creed, no matter what rank in life an individual might hold. With this in mind, it is perhaps fitting that the first person interred in the cemetery should be a young boy of little consequence in the eyes of the world.

Michael Carey was an eleven year old boy, the son of a labourer.  He lived with his parents, Michael and Bridget Carey, on Francis Street in Phibsboro, Dublin.  The Glasnevin record does not state a cause of death, but bears only his name and address.  In addition, the number of the sexton is noted as '1', the number of the registrar is noted as '3', and the degrees of latitude and longitude are stated to detail the position of the grave: Longitude 0°, Latitude 43°.  The grave is in the Garden section of the cemetery in an area which in 1834 was named Curran Square.  The square's namesake John Philpot Curran is buried in a huge sarcophagus just a few yards to the left of Michael Carey's grave.

As you can see from the photographs above, the simple stone which marks Michael Carey's grave stands directly beside the gate which was the original entrance into Glasnevin.  Since this first interment in 1832 more than 1.5 million people have been buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

In the midst of the metropolis, a Huguenot burial ground

Along the walk between St. Stephen's Green and Merrion Square, it is sometimes easy to miss this Huguenot burial ground tucked in between the buildings. Founded in 1693 by the French Huguenot non-conformist churches of Dublin, this cemetery is a small but important one. The large stone marker in the last photograph bears the names of over 200 Huguenot families whose members were interred in these grounds.

If you are interested in Huguenot interments, you may wish to visit my post: The Huguenot Communal Plot: 1713-1830: Mount Jerome Cemetery

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New year, new look for 'Over thy dead body': A Cemetery Blog

With the new year comes a new look for 'Over thy dead body': The Cemetery Blog.  You'll notice that the forest green background has been replaced by an 'In Memoriam' easel which stands at the foot of a grave in the Prospect Cemetery at Glasnevin, Dublin, and the overall colour theme has changed.  I've chosen to use the easel image as my new background because the posts on this blog serve as a memorial of sorts for those whose graves are featured within.  Over the next while I will be making further changes to the blog, such as creating additional pages, and moving elements around.  Today I've included the W.H. Auden poem 'Funeral Blues' which I presented in the very first post on this blog.  I hope you enjoy reading the poem, and I hope you'll let me know what you think of the new background.

Funeral Blues

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

©W.H. Auden 1936
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