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Grave matters : death and dying in Dublin, 1500 to the present / Lisa Marie Griffith and Ciarán Wallace editors. - 252 p., 16 p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Death and the city: an introduction / Lisa Marie Griffith & Ciarán Wallace -- I. Death and Disease -- Puerperal fever in Dublin: the case of the Rotunda Lying-in Hospital / Philomena Gorey -- Stacking the coffins: the 1918-19 influenza pandemic in Dublin / Ida Milne -- II. Death and the State -- 'That woe could wish, or vanity devise': Crimean War memorials in Dublin's Anglican churches / Paul Huddie -- A new kind of death: the Niemba funeral and Irish military funerary ceremonial / James McCafferty -- 'No hanging here': the persistence of the death penalty in twentieth-century Ireland / Ian Miller -- III. Burial Practices -- Death, burial and commemoration in sixteenth-century Ireland / Eamon Darcy -- Politics, patriotism, and posterity: the funeral of William Conolly in 1729 / Patrick Walsh -- Burial in eighteenth-century Dublin, the city and its hinterland / Fionnuala Parnell -- Burying poor and gentry: St James' Church and Graveyard, Dublin / Sean J. Murphy -- Funerary traditions and commemorative practices in Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum / Siobhán Doyle -- IV. Coming to Terms with Death -- 'You may be young enough to live, but you are old enough to die': life and death in the sermons of James Gallagher, William Gahan and Silvester Goonan / Ciarán Mac Murchaidh -- Photography and loss in Dublin / Orla Fitzpatrick -- 'Well may we be proud of him': living with the deaths of the Easter Rising leaders, 1916-17 / Brian Hughes -- V. Appendices: Sources for Death -- The Representative Church Body Library, Dublin: a Church of Ireland perspective on death / Raymond Refaussé -- An overview of the Glasnevin Board minutes / Patricia Bedlow -- The cost of dying: a case study from an undertakers archive / Lisa Marie Griffith & Ciarán Wallace -- List of crypts, cemeteries and Graveyards (sourced from Dublin City LIbrary and Archive's Graveyard Directory).

Grave Matters examines the universal subject of death - looking at the particular experience of death, burial and commemoration in Dublin since the sixteenth century. Using death as a way of understanding social conditions, contributions consider the role of the public funeral in establishing political hierarchies, the fate of the city's Catholics during the era of the penal laws and the survival of the death penalty to 1990. Essays explore the meanings of humble headstones, elaborate memorials and post-mortem photography. From Sir Francis Agard's elite funeral in 1577, through the panicky burials during the Spanish flu in 1919, to the presentation of cemeteries as cultural tourism today, this handsomely illustrated collection offers a fascinating analysis of life - and death - in Dublin.


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Death--Social aspects--History.--Ireland--Dublin
Death--Social aspects--History.--Ireland

Dublin (Ireland)--History.
Dublin (Ireland)--Social conditions--History.


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