Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Wednesday's Child: Children should not die before their parents



Between the years of 1869 and 1901 Hiram and Charlotte Barker buried seven children. It is difficult to imagine how this couple endured, but they did. The youngest child to die, Clemensie, was less than a year old at death; the longest lived, Frederick, was only twenty-three when he died. The children are interred together in this grave in Hamilton Cemetery.

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Photograph Copyright ©J.Geraghty-Gorman 2011.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Monsignor Dr. William Yore


Monsignor Dr. William Yore was educated at Carlow College. Following his ordination to the priesthood, he was appointed chaplain at Kilmainham Prison. Yore consecrated the ground at Glasnevin cemetery when it was first opened in 1832, and in 1847 was entrusted with the marshalling of the funeral of Daniel O'Connell, the founder of Glasnevin Cemetery.

Monsignor Yore is credited with contributions to the foundation of a number of Catholic Charities in Ireland; however, he is probably best known as co-founder of the Catholic Institute for the Deaf and Dumb, now known as St. Joseph's School for the Deaf. It is claimed that he sold all of the books in his own private library in order to raise the money needed to found the school.

Monsignor Yore died 13 February 1864, in the thirty-third year of his priesthood, and is interred in the prestigious O'Connell's Circle at Glasnevin.

Details on Yore's marker








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Reference:
O'Duffy, R. J.. Historic Graves in Glasnevin Cemetery, James Duffy and Company, Limited, Dublin, 1915.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Mystery Monday: Monument restored for a mysterious young professor


Although it may be the case that cemetery committees quite simply want their hard work recognized, I find the practice of placing restoration signage on grave markers to be a curious one. This beautiful cross, which combines both Celtic and Christian symbols, is one of those recently restored through the ongoing programme of restoration at Glasnevin Cemetery.

The life details of the man interred within this grave are somewhat of a mystery. Although there is a page reference for Professor Leamington Arnold in O'Duffy's book Historic Graves in Glasnevin Cemetery, the only information on the page is as follows, "Arnold died on the 21st February, 1896, in his 37th year.".

If we look at the grave marker we learn that he was married to Lizzie, his beloved wife, and based on his age at death, we can surmise that he was born around the year 1859. O'Duffy gives Arnold's title as Professor, but beyond that says nothing. More research will be required to learn more of the young professor.




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All Photographs ©Copyright J. Geraghty-Gorman 2011.

Reference:
O'Duffy, R.J.. Historic Graves in Glasnevin Cemetery, James Duffy and Company Limited, Dublin, 1915.
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