Welcome to Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

National Drawing Day

National Drawing Day is an annual countrywide initiative created by the National Gallery of Ireland.  It aims to inspire people to get in touch with their creative side.

In order to do the occasion justice, we will be hosting a bespoke event which focuses on some key figures in Irish art who reside at the cemetery.  This will be followed by a drawing/sketching tutorial with renowned Dublin artist Paul D'Arcy.

Glasnevin tour guide, Bridget Sheerin will be giving visitors a specially curated tour of the cemetery for the first half of the event.  Some highlights of the tour include:

  • A stop at the Sigerson monument, a specially crafted monument dedicated to the leaders of 1916 designed by Dora Sigerson Shorter
  • A look at some work from Sir Thomas Farrell who was president of the Royal Hibernian Academy and a sculptor
  • An introduction to Patrick Tuohy (RHA) who painted John Stanislaus Joyce (also buried at Glasnevin) father of James Joyce
  • A look at wartime artists and the art that reflects this period in the cemetery

Artist Paul D'Arcy will lead the drawing session.  Paul is both a painter and sculptor and as he says 'drawing is the foundation of all art'.  Born in Dublin he spent his childhood in South Africa and Namibia and has been working as a full time artist for the past thirty years.

He attended NCAD & DCAD art colleges in Dublin studying fine arts and also spent time in the National Gallery of Ireland during the 1980's copying artwork from its collection.

Paul D'Arcy is founder of the Dublin Plein Air Painting Festival, a member of the Visual Artists Ireland, Plein Eire, founder of the SOS National Exhibition and was a sculptural nominee for the Cothu awards and the ICF Awards.

His artwork is in many private and corporate collections both in Ireland and abroad.

Details about his artwork can be found here.

Tickets for this event are €25.00 and booking is essential.

This event is on Sunday, May 20th beginning at 10:30 am and finishing at 12:00 pm.

You must bring a drawing pad, A3 preferably and any drawing implements such as; pens,  pencils or charcoal.

Your ticket entitles you to:

A €5.00 genealogy credit to search our records

10% discount at the café on site

A special rate on Glasnevin Ireland's Necropolis (book).  It is normally priced at €15.00 with your ticket, you can purchase it for €10.00

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Museum Opening Times:

Closed until April, 19th.

The Tower Café - Closed until April, 19th.

How to book:

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When you get to the ticket page, you will see a selection of the different tickets we offer. Simply select the appropriate ticket from this selection and complete the booking process.

We offer special concession rates for service users.  Accompanying carers receive complimentary admission.  Please contact 01 882 6550 for further details.

For booking enquiries (groups of 11 or more):

Discuss your group booking with our Bookings Coordinator:
+353 1 882 6570


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