Founded in 1832, Prospect Cemetery, Glasnevin, rapidly became the largest cemetery in Ireland and a place of national importance. This book demonstrates how the Dublin Cemeteries' Committee conducted its affairs and managed the various aspects of the operation of the cemetery. In examining the interaction of the committee with its employees, it focuses on the lives of the ordinary people connected with the cemetery and provides a fascinating insight into a particular type of 19th-century working environment. The establishment of Prospect Cemetery coincided with burial reform and the rise of the 'garden cemetery' movement in Britain and Europe. The author examines the cemetery in that context and assesses how it compared with its contemporaries in terms of interment practices, design and layout.
This book opens a window onto a broad vista of Victorian beliefs and attitudes, encompassing moral values, class consciousness, work practices, approaches to organisation and management, and design theories and movements.
Carmel Connell, a native of Mullingar, County Westmeath, now lives in Glasnevin. She teaches in Dunboyne Senior Primary School, County Meath.