THE RE-OPENING OF GOLDENBRIDGE CEMETERY
Goldenbridge Cemetery was reopened for the first time in nearly 150 years for the inaugural Culture Date with Dublin 8 May weekender in 2017. A concert was hosted to launch the re-opening of Goldenbridge Cemetery to its former glory.
The re-opening ceremony featured performances by the St. James’s Band and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, and a re-enactment of Daniel O Connell's founding speech by actor Jim Roche.
Founded in 1828 by Daniel O’Connell, Goldenbridge Cemetery was the first of its kind in Ireland, a garden cemetery that took inspiration from the famous Pére Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and a non-denominational cemetery that welcomed those of all religions and none in the wake of the Penal Laws. Goldenbridge Cemetery is operated and managed by Glasnevin Trust.
Photo credits: Marc O'Sullivan