After having it in the back of our minds for quite a while to pay a visit to Glasnevin Museum and take the tour, we finally paid a visit last Sunday, 2 December 2012. Like so many others, we know that we have relatives buried there. Despite the rain and overcast afternoon, the tour guide, Niall, brought us on a superb tour around some of the graves of well known Irish historical figures: from Daniel O'Connell's round tower to Parnell buried over a cholera pit to Michael Collins where fresh flowers are still placed by visitors in his memory. Celebrity residents aside, our guide was mindful that each and every person buried there had played their own personal part in our history too. Considering we were on a tour in a cemetery, Niall brought the place alive with his wonderful story-telling and historical and personal knowledge of the people buried there. He clearly loves his job. The museum itself is interesting and the inter-active screens are very user-friendly and provide good information. The museum shop is well priced as is the cafe/restaurant - good portions of food at reasonable prices in comfortable surroundings. All the staff were pleasant and helpful. The tour lasted approx. 2 hours but we would recommend giving at least another hour or two for visiting the museum, having a bite to eat in the cafe and exploring on your own, you could easily while away the hours taking a trip back in time. We will definitely go back for further exploring and maybe find just exactly where our relatives are residing for perpetuity.
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