Samhain Festival at Glasnevin Museum and Cemetery
Venue: Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas road, Dublin 11 Website: www.glasnevinmuseum.ie Price: Combined museum and tour ticket €10, special events various prices Date: October 26th – October 31st Time: Various
Glasnevin Museum is a must see Dublin attraction for anyone interested in Irish Heritage & Genealogy. The exhibitions on view seek to show the social, historical, political and artistic development of modern Ireland through the lives of the generations buried in Ireland’s Necropolis. This season, the museum is hosting an impressive programme of events for its Samhain Festival running from October 26th to 31st:
Ghastly Glasnevin is an exhibition of pictures and stories based on the gruesome history of death and burial in 19th century Dublin. Historian to Glasnevin Trust, Shane MacThomais, has exercised his funny bone by focusing on the deadly Dublin tales of Glasnevin Cemetery’s history. The stories are expertly illustrated by Glasnevin Museums Tour Guides Jade Murphy and Niamh Mc Inerney. Admission to this exhibition is €6.00.
Glasnevin Gravedigger Cemetery Tour
From Wednesday 26th October to Monday 31st October at 11.00am & 5.00pm there is a very special tour of Glasnevin Cemetery, led by Glasnevin Gravedigger Jim, otherwise known as The Ace of Spades. Jim or Ace as he likes to be called is filled with local legends and stories of Glasnevin’s past. This Halloween, combine your tour with a visit to Glasnevin Museum where the Ace of Spades is immortalised in the exhibition Ghastly Glasnevin taking place at the Prospect Gallery on the first floor. Museum & Tour Ticket €10
Samhain Supper & Storytelling
On 28th and 29th of October Glasnevin Museum will host a Storytelling Supper where guests will hear a selection of delightful ghost stories told by Jack Lynch and enjoy the music of a traditional Irish Harpist. Glasnevin Museum will be open to guests from 7pm to enjoy an opportunity to view the new Ghastly Glasnevin exhibition and Glasnevin Museum’s other exhibits including City of the Dead and O’Connell, The Man Who Discovered Ireland. Supper and storytelling will begin at 8pm and afterwards, Glasnevin Trust Historian, Shane MacThomais will lead a tour of Glasnevin Cemetery by torch light. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with Glasnevin Cemetery during the Halloween weekend. To keep this special event intimate there are a limited number of places available, early booking is advised. Tickets for the Storytelling Supper are €45 per person and available to purchase from Glasnevin Museum directly.
The best way to get to Glasnevin is by bus. From the city centre visitors can take the 140, 40, 40A, 40C or 40D, all of which stop outside the main entrance.