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Bodysnatcher Watchtower & a Cemetery Cafe: Glasnevin, Co Dublin

Glasnevin Watchtower

Photo by Liam Hughes

Since the first grave was dug in 1832, Glasnevin has become a who’s who in Irish history. In an era of grave robbers, medical research on corpses without consent, and stories of the undead (Dracula author Bram Stoker was a Dubliner), watchtowers and other security features were part of the sales pitch at Glasnevin which never reported a single body snatched.

In 2010, the new visitor centre opened to rave reviews and numerous awards for it’s exhibits, but the site’s biggest achievement has to be how comfortable they’ve made it to grab a meal at their tasty cafe which overlooks the headstones.

Written by Liam Hughes

Liam Hughes

Liam splits his time between the US and County Tipperary, Ireland. In addition to providing private tours of Ireland, he spends much of his time hunting for broken dishes which he crafts into beautiful shard jewelry.
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