So Once Was I: Forgotten Tales from Glasnevin Cemetery


Warren Farrell


May 2024

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‘Remember now as you go by, as you are now so once was I, and as I am now so you shall be, so prepare for death and follow me.’

Every grave has a story to tell. Glasnevin Cemetery is the final resting place of over one million souls, with some of the most famous names in Irish history resting side by side with those buried in anonymity. The ‘faithful departed’, as James Joyce referred to the cemetery’s population, are reanimated in this book through vivid retellings of their stories.

From unmarked plots to striking monuments, Glasnevin is a microcosm of Irish society over the last two centuries. Warren Farrell, having immersed himself in the cemetery’s history as a tour guide for the past seven years, set out to celebrate the lesser known figures and their contributions to the Irish state.

So Once Was I has a story for everyone, representing all threads of Irish society’s rich tapestry. Embark on an intrguing tour through our national necropolis in these pages, and become acquainted with the famous and forgotten that once walked the streets of Dublin.


Author’s Note
Strange Things
Murder and Mystery
TV, Movies and Stage
Pioneers and Innovators
Chisel and Hammer
Writers and Poets
Religious Figures
Conflict, Revolution and War Disaster
Politics and Law
The Research: Some Essential Points

About the Author

Warren Farrell from Inchicore, Dublin, is a first-time author with a passion for social history. A Maynooth University graduate in Politics and History, he furthered his education with a Masters in Secondary School Education. He has since shared his love of History and Politics as a secondary school teacher with many students in Dublin. Warren now works as a coordinator for Trinity Access Programmes at Trinity College where he works with students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Since 2016, Warren has worked as a tour guide in Glasnevin Cemetery.