Strange history of death and dying in Dublin


IRELAND – Hear stories from a new book opening up a hidden history, from grave-robbers to garden cemeteries.

Lisa Marie Griffith and Ciarán Wallace (pictured above) are co-editors of a fascinating collection of essays ‘Grave Matters: Death and Dying in Dublin, 1500 to the present’. Listen to a podcast interview with them in historic Glasnevin Cemetery below.

How we deal with death reflects our society. Hear how grave-robbers created an export business sending Irish cadavers to eager London anatomy schools; how ‘garden cemeteries’ were places where you could learn how to behave; and post-mortem photography was a valued way to remember a lost loved one.

Grave Matters: Death and Dying in Dublin 1500 to present is published by