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Grangegorman Military Cemetery
Grangegorman Military Cemetery is the largest military cemetery in Ireland. It was founded in 1876 as a graveyard for soldiers from across the British Empire. They may have died of natural causes, of injuries sustained, or were killed in action. Spouses or close relatives of the soldiers may also be buried in the cemetery.
The graveyard facilitates all religious denominations. Along the east and west boundary walls are the graves of children from the Royal Hibernian Military School (now St Mary’s Hospital) in the Phoenix Park.
A gate which was known as the ‘Funeral Gate’ can still be found within part of the wall of the Phoenix Park that is directly across from the entrance gate to the cemetery. Removals from nearby Marlborough Barracks would have been transported though the Phoenix Park and exited at the ‘Funeral Gate’ to Grangegorman Military Cemetery. Three small crosses atop the gate indicate its local significance. This gate has not been opened for a number of years (an exception was made for the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1979). However, the adjoining pedestrian gates are open for public use.