Arbour Hill Cemetery, Dublin

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The military cemetery at Arbour Hill is the last resting place of 14 of the executed leaders of the insurrection of 1916. Among those buried there are Patrick Pearse, James Connolly and Major John McBride. The leaders were executed in Kilmainham and then their bodies were transported to Arbour Hill, where they were buried.

The graves are located under a low mound on a terrace of Wicklow granite in what was once the old prison yard. The gravesite is surrounded by a limestone wall on which their names are inscribed in Irish and English. On the prison wall opposite the gravesite is a plaque with the names of other people who gave their lives in 1916.

The adjoining Church of the Sacred Heart, which is the prison chapel for Arbour Hill prison, is maintained by the Department of Defence. At the rear of the church lies the old cemetery, where lie the remains of British military personnel who died in the Dublin area in the 19th and early 20th century.

A doorway beside the 1916 memorial gives access to the Irish United Nations Veterans Association house and memorial garden.

Arbour Hill is located at the rear of the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, which currently houses an exhibition of 1916 related material.

Bus Route(s): No's. 37, 38, 39 from city centre.

Guided Tours: As part of the 1916-2016 Centenary Commemorations, there will be free tours provided of Arbour Hill Cemetery at 2 pm every Sunday from Sun, 6th March until the end of October 2016. No booking necessary. The meeting point is inside the cemetery gates. Other tours may also be available on request. Please email farmleightours@gmail.com for more information.

Leaflet/Guide book: None.

Seasonal Events: Please check in advance using contact details listed above.

Photography / Video allowed: Yes. Commercial photography requires permission.
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  • Interesting place very well kept it’s clean and tidy just watch out for dog dirt ,it’s steeped with history.it closes at 4 pm sharp  more »
  • A small but well maintained and clean cemetery. Located behind the museum (Collins barracks). Do take the time to visit here and pay respect to the 14 men / leaders of the 1916 rising who are buried h...  more »
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  • Arbour Hill Cemetery is the burial place of many of the dignitaries of the 1916 Rising. The graves of Padraig Pearse and James Connolly, among others, are located under a low mound on a terrace of Wicklow granite.  The gravesite is surrounded by a limestone wall on which the names of the fallen leaders are inscribed in Irish and English. There are no tours of the graveyard available as it is the property of the Department of Defence
  • Peaceful cemetery located at the rear of Collins Barracks. It's where you can find the burial place of the executed leaders of the 1916 Rising and a 1916 memorial. There's also access to the Irish UN Veterans Association memorial garden.
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