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Friday 12 April 2013

Mount Jerome

On 19 September 1836 Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland was consecrated.

Reverend Stephen Jerome, then vicar of St. Kevin's Parish gave the cemetery its namesake through the estate he established in his own name.

Mount Jerome was the first privately owned cemetery in Ireland, when it first opened in 1836.

It got a famous mention in James Joyce's Ulysses, as it was the burial ground for many of Dublin's Protestants. It was not until the 1920's that the first Catholic burials took place there.

"Then Mount Jerome for the protestants. 
Funerals all over the world everywhere every minute. 
Shovelling them under by the cartload doublequick. 
Thousands every hour. Too many in the world."

In Mount Jerome Cemetery Dublin there is a monument in memoriam to the Wilde family - family of Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde or as we all know him - Oscar Wilde, Irish writer and poet. After writing in different formats throughout the 1880s, he went on to become one of London's most beloved and popular playwrights in the early 1890s.

"To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.” - Oscar Wilde

Other people of note buried there include Thomas Davis, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, John Millington Synge, Jack B. Yeats, Sir William Rowan Hamilton and George Petrie.

Wednesday 3 April 2013

Milo O’Shea

Irish actor Milo O’Shea passed away in New York last night (2 June 1926 – 2 April 2013).

Born and raised in Dublin, the veteran actor went to the Christian Brothers school in Synge Street.

O’Shea lived in New York, where he moved in 1976.

Described by Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan as “a giant of stage and screen” .
“During his career in theatre and film, both at home and abroad, he is remembered for the quality of his performances in a range of challenging and often ground-breaking roles”

Notable Roles:

  • Leopold Bloom in the 1967 film adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses in 1967
  • Neil Jordan’s 1997 film The Butcher Boy
  • 1968 Romeo and Juliet 
  • American sitcom Cheers
  • 1960s BBC sitcom Me Mammy 
  • US comedy Frasier 
  • US political drama the West Wing
  • Roger Vadim's movie Barbarella as a mad scientist
  • Most recently in Irish comedy The Matchmaker

He is survived by his wife the actress Kitty Sullivan, his sons - Colm, Steven and his three grandchildren. He was previously married to Glenroe actor Maureen Toal who died last year but couple divorced in 1974.