On previous visits to Glasnevin Cemetery I have never had the opportunity to go inside O'Connell's Tomb, but this time the gate was unlocked, so I went inside. As you will see, the history of the man known as 'The Great Liberator' is literally emblazoned on the walls, along with many beautiful Celtic symbols.
Daniel O'Connell died 15 May 1847 in Genoa, Italy, while on pilgrimage to Rome. The official cause of death is listed as "softening of the brain (cerebral softening)". As per his wishes his heart was removed from his body and buried in Rome, and his body was returned to Ireland for interment.
Click on this Photo Album link in order to 'step inside' the tomb and view a slideshow of 20 photographs of the tomb. In the slideshow click on 'Full Screen' in order to view a larger version. Also, if you'd like a very surprising look at where his two sons and other descendants found their final resting place please visit 'Over thy dead body'.
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