Cemetery: "Historic Graves in Glasnevin Cemetery" Tidbits 

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives
Dublin Index


File contributed by: C. Hunt

by R.J. O'Duffy, Published in 1915.

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MICHAEL CAREY, of Francis Street, Dublin, was the first 
person interred in this cemetery. So runs the inscription on 
the stone, in the Curran section, raised over his grave. 
Since that date—22nd February, 1832—nearly six hundred 
thousand have followed him into the valley of death in 

page 13

AN ardent Repealer, a true patriot, and an esteemed member 
of the National Trades Political Union, has also sepulture 
here. He died 15th February, 1845.

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Richard SCOTT, RICHARD and John SCOTT, of Middle Gardiner 
Street, placed a tablet here to commemorate their parents. 
Their father, Richard, was conducting agent to Daniel 
O'CONNELL at the famous Clare election of 1828. He died on 
the 26th July, 1859, aged 85 years.

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THERE are thousands of costly works of art in Glasnevin 
Cemetery, and hundreds of thousands of pounds have been 
spent upon them. But the first stone that marked a grave in 
the Cemetery is of the most unpretentious character. It is 
an upright, oblong slab of unadorned limestone. "This stone 
was erected by Mrs. Elizabeth CAMPBELL, in memory of her 
beloved husband, Mr. Patrick CAMPBELL, of Campbell Place, 
Mountjoy Square, who departed this life on the 4th day of 
November, 1830, in the 66th year of his age. The remains 
were removed here on the 29th February, 1832. This was the 
first stone erected in the Cemetery." Mrs. CAMPBELL died on  
St. Patrick's Day, 1852.

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Patrick Frederick GALLAGHER, THE ventriloquist, who 
delighted audiences throughout Ireland for many years 
(1800-1863). He was the father of the well-known editor of 
the Freeman's Journal under Dwyer-Gray's proprietorship, and 
whose sons inherited in turn many of the qualities that make 
journalism "racy of the soil."

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John KEOGH, A coffin-maker in Cook Street, was the father of 
the celebrated pulpit-orator, Father KEOGH, to whom a tablet 
is erected in Baldoyle Chapel, but whose remains lie in the 
vaults of SS. Michael and John. Father KEOGH died 9th 
September, 1831, aged 43 years, but his father, here 
interred, reached the patriarchial age of 94 years, dying on 
the 10th May, 1834. "Father Keogh," says the London and 
Dublin Magazine, of 1827, "teaches you, even at the first 
glance, to feel that it is not his part to accommodate his 
opinions or expressions to your previously indulged habits. 
He wrings from you by his air and manner a tacit 
acknowledgment of his supremacy; and you stand before him in 
submissive silence as one bound to listen. He is decidedly 
the most popular and eloquent preacher of the day." Nor did 
he disavow his lowly origin. "How is your father," was asked 
of him one day. "Oh," replied KEOGH, with a very long 
visage, "I left him working for death!" (Wits and 

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Thomas ARKINyguard, and die din 1880, aged 80 years.

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Alderman John REYNOLDS REPRESENTED the City of Dublin at 
Westminster from 1847-'52. He served the office of Lord 
Mayor of the city in the year 1850, when his name appears 
ex- officS WAS a follower of O'CONNELL, and his grave 
lies outside the Circle in which the Liberator's remains 
lie. ARKINS was a Poor Law Guardian for forty years; but the 
distinction he himself claimed was that of being Sword 
Bearer to O'CONNELL, the first Catholic Lord Mayor of 
Dublin. He was one of the last survivors of his leader's 
faithful bodio first on the list of those who summoned the 
Tenant Conference to meet at the Royal Exchange, on Tuesday, 
the 6th August of the year. Neither he nor Mr. John 
O'CONNELL, M.P., took any part in the conference, or in its 
subsequent developments. Reynolds allied himself with KEOGH 
and SADLEIR, and it subsequently was proved that "he 
accepted money extracted from officers for whom he had 
procured compensation in Parliament" (The League of North 
and South," p. 289). He was one of the demagogues elected at 
this time "whom you might as profitably send to Westminster 
pledged to resist temptation, as cast flax into the furnace, 
with an exhortation not to burn" (Id. p.27). He was 
relegated to private life at the General Election of 1852. 
He died at the age of 73, in the year 1868, and has a 
monument erected to his memory "by his fellow-citizens, in 
recognition of long public services, discharged with marked 
ability and energy."