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This week, I paid our deposit for Mike and I to travel to Ireland in 2013 with our favorite Irish band, FinTan. So Ireland is on my mind right now, and I decided to go back through some of my photos from the 2009 trip (also with the band).

This photo from Glendalough has been on my work computer desktop for more than a year. If you look carefully through the remains of the gate, you can see a grave marker topped with a Celtic cross in the distance.

Gate to Glendalough

These three tombstones have stood at Glendalough for over a century.


This detail photograph of a Celtic cross is probably one of my favorites from the trip.

Cross detail on tombstone at Glendalough

This moss-covered sarcophagus monument is in the cemetery that sits just below the crest of the Hill of Tara.

Monument in front of Visitors' Center on Hill of Tara

Of course, not all of the photos I took of memorials were outdoors. This one was in the catacombs of Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin.


This statue is part of a memorial in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.

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I completely missed last month’s Graveyard Rabbits carnival, which was “how long have they been there?’ The idea was to post the oldest grave/tombstone/memorial that you had photographed in your cemetery explorations. I’ve been uploading my photos to make a photo book because I was given a gift certificate for a rather nice photobook producer. The oldest memorials that I have photographed are not tombstones, but monuments inside Dublin cathedrals.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral holds the tomb of Fulk de Saundford, an Archbishop of Dublin. If I’m reading the inscription correctly, the year is 1261.

St. Patrick's Cathedral


There was another effigy that was either unlabeled or whose label I did not see.


Christ Church Cathedral also had effigies in a similar arrangement.



This one had a plaque with an inscription.


Of course, I utterly failed to get a photograph of the famous Strongbow effigy in Christ Church. Maybe next time.

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As promised in the first post on Christ Church Cathedral, we would visit the crypt. After our little diversion into what you cemetery blogger considers the perhaps overly macabre, here we are.

The lighting consists of spotlights on each monument, which can make even these little cherubs look a little more sinister.


Only a small section of the crypt is actually open, but the monuments are stunning. This one to John, Lord Bowes and Lord Chancellor of Ireland who died in 1767, was erected by his brother.

John, Lord Bowes

Another grief-stricken woman weeps forever over the body of Nathaniel Sneyd.



The tablet at the feet of the marble representation of the deceased recites his virtues.


And Henry Mathias, assistant surgeon, has a marker that tells us not only the date of his death, but the latitude.

Henry Mathias Memorial

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Yesterday, I wrote about Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, and specifically the monuments in the main cathedral. I cannot write about the dead at Christ Church without writing about perhaps the most famous entombment at all – the cat and the rat. The crypt displays the mummified remains of a cat and rat.   Please do not click below if you think you will find photos of such disturbing. (more…)

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Christchurch Cathedral

One of the most magnificent places I visited in Dublin was Christ Church Cathedral, or the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Founded in approximately 1030, the cathedral is the seat of the Anglican – Episcopalian Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough, Church of Ireland. (Despite the fact that the Republic of Ireland is estimated to be over 90% Roman Catholic, both of the cathedrals I visited in Dublin were Anglican.)


Like many European cathedrals, Christ Church has burials underneath the cathedral floor. Some of them are so old and worn by time that the art is difficult to make out.




Sometimes modern signs intrude on any attempt to lose oneself in the age of the cathedral and its monuments.
Thomas Prior

Here is a detail shot of the poem in Latin on Prior’s monument. I can pick out words, but not translate the whole thing.
Thomas Prior

Thomas Abbott, LLD

Thomas Fletcher

Next post on Christ Church – the crypt…

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