Glasnevin, was first developed when St Mobhi founded a monastery here in the sixth century and a settlement grew up around this monastery. St. Columba of Iona is thought to have studied under St. Mobhi, but left Glasnevin following and outbreak of plague. There is a street in Glasnevin named Iona in honour of him and the church on this street is called Saint Columba’s. The name Glasnevin or Glas Na’on, means the ‘Stream of the Infants’.

Nearby Casino Marino is considered one of the finest 18th neo-classical buildings in Europe. It was designed by Sir William Chambers as a pleasure house for James Caulfeild. The Casino, meaning "small house", surprisingly contains a total of 16 finely decorated rooms. These include an entrance hall, boudoir, saloon, state room, library, and kitchen. The interior is cleverly designed and is intricately decorated with ornate plasterwork and richly patterned marquetry floors.

The GAA is Ireland’s national sporting association. The national games include hurling, Gaelic football and handball. The GAA museum was established to celebrate the achievements of the GAA since its beginnings in 1884. The GAA was set up as part of the Gaelic revival and it has made a huge contribution over the years to Irish sporting, cultural and social life. Well worth a visit it is open daily throughout the year and located at Croke Park Stadium under the Cusack Stand.

Croke Park Stadium is the largest sports stadium in Ireland and the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Ireland's largest sporting organisation. The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and Senior Hurling Championship are the most notably the annual events held here but international music acts are also held here from time to time. It also hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2003 Special Olympics. Croke Park has a capacity of 82,500, making it the fourth largest stadium in the EU.

Glasnevin Cemetery was built when it was difficult and expensive for Catholics to have their burials conducted under their own spiritual rites and services. Many Irish patriots are buried at Prospect Cemetery, better known as Glasnevin Cemetery, most famously Michael Collins and Charles Stewart Parnell. The foundation of the cemetery is linked to the movements towards religious and national liberty. Surrounded by high walls and watch-towers to deter graverobbers, from the earliest years the cemetery has been open to and used by all, regardless of religion, nationality or political affiliation.

Glasnevin Cemetery has acted as Ireland’s National Cemetery and is the final resting place of those who have helped shape modern Ireland. Free tours of the cemetery are available. The walking tour takes the graves of Charles Stewart Parnell, Daniel O'Connell, James Larkin , Eamon DeValera, Maud Gonne MacBride, Ann Devlin, Countess Markievicz, , Brendan Behan, Michael Collins and many other graves of interest.

On a lighter note The National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin is Ireland's premier botanical and horticultural establishment, with flowers and shrubs from all around the world this really is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Glasnevin has a host of enjoyable bars and restaurants and has a great choice of Hotels and B&Bs to choose from.

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