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History of Emotions Podcast Series No. 5: 'From grief to wonder: exploring emotions in Irish History'

16 April 2021

This podcast examines the intersection between emotions, space and place in the context of Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin: 'Grief and Glasnevin', Georgina Laragy.

Established in 1832 Glasnevin Cemetery is still in operation today and has always been committed to burying the dead of ‘all religions and none’. As Ireland’s first non-sectarian burial site, it has emerged to become an iconic commemorative and heritage space at the outskirts of the capital city. The variety of emotions elicited in this site range from grief and sadness to love and anger. And the visitors who come to Glasnevin stand in a longer tradition of using cemetery spaces for recreational purposes. But how can a cemetery reconcile its primary purpose in caring for the dead and their families, while conserving and making accessible the heritage of the site?

Dr Georgina Laragy is Glasnevin Trust Assistant Prof of Public History and Cultural Heritage M. Phil in the School of Histories and Humanities Trinity College, Dublin. She has written about poverty, workhouses and suicide in Irish history in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

The final podcast in the series will be released next Friday, 23 April 2021.

Listen to the other podcasts in the series here. 

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