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BIRD'S NEST IN A GRAVEYARD

Situated north of the city center, the Irish National Cemetery was founded in 1832 and covers more than 50 hectares (124 acres). Most people buried here were ordinary citizens, but there are also many famous names on the headstones. They range from former Irish Taoiseach Eamon de Valera to other political heroes and rebels including Michael Collins, Daniel O'Connell, Roger Casement, and Charles Stewart Parnell. Literary figures also have their place here, such as writers Christy Brown (immortalized in the film My Left Foot) and Brendan Behan (at whose funeral, in 1964, his coffin was escorted by an IRA honor guard from the church to its burial spot). A heritage map, on sale in the flower shop at the entrance, serves as a guide to who's buried where, or you can take a free 2-hour guided tour.

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Taken on March 18, 2008