Royal Canal and Glasnevin Cemetery

The Northside of Dublin has some under-appreciated attractions.  The Royal Canal is just as lovely as it's Southside counterpart, the Grand Canal.  A statue of Brendan Behan, one of Ireland's most renowned and tragic authors is immortalized along the canal near Drumcondra Road.  Behan wrote works such as Borstal Boy and The Quare Fellow but the drink did him in and he died in his early forties of alcohol poisoning.
We took a spin through Drumcondra and tried the sweets at Thunders Home Bakery.  The treats were indeed sweet but the service was a bit surly.
We passed a few lawns going back to the wild.  Dandelions seem to love the Dublin soil and are everywhere in the spring.
Walking along the Royal Canal, I noticed this sign "Be Quiet, Be Tidy" right underneath the directions to the Botanic Gardens.  I thought this set of instructions was sensible if not a bit odd.
We soon arrived at our target destination for the day, Glasnevin Cemetery.
Glasnevin is a wonderful spot for a crash course on Irish history.  They created a museum on the premises about a year ago along with a cafe and other facilities.  It's tastefully done and separated from the cemetery proper by a black privacy wall.  We took the tour and were regaled with stories from the time of Daniel O'Connell "The Liberator" through the 20th century.  O'Connell commissioned and funded the cemetery as a non-denominational resting place.  His tomb sits beneath a tall tower.
A bomb was set off in the 1970s which charred the inside of the tower and blew out the wooden staircase.  The Glasnevin Trust is working to fund a restoration but it hasn't materialized just yet.
We passed the original, unassuming gate that marked the entrance to the cemetery.
The cemetery was done in the garden-park style and was lined with trees and other foliage.
We found Brendan Behan's final resting place.  On the anniversary of his death, it is said that his headstone is covered with pints of Guinness from respectful fans.
We learned quite a bit about Irish Independence and the Pro- and Anti-Treaty factions of the IRA.  Some of the principle antagonists are buried within 50 feet of each other in Glasnevin Cemetery.  Thanks to Niall for an informative tour.

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