According to some 13 is not a lucky number and maybe it might not be a good idea to visit a cemetery on the 13th. day of the month especially in the year 2013.
[COMMENT DATES FROM 2013]
I learned something new today. The last time that I visited this graveyard I noticed a large number columns of that I thought were broken. Because of the poor condition of the cemetery I had assumed that they were broken due to wear, general damage or vandalism. However, after further investigation I discovered that a broken column indicates a life cut short, a memorial to the death of someone who died young or in the prime of life, before reaching old age.
Mount Jerome Cemetery & Crematorium is situated in Harold’s Cross on the south side of Dublin, Ireland. Since its foundation in 1836, it has witnessed over 300,000 burials. Originally an exclusively Protestant cemetery, Roman Catholics have also been buried there since the 1920s.
Often referred to as “Harold’s Cross Cemetery” Mount Jerome is where wealthy Victorians established monuments to themselves. They couldn’t take their wealth with them so they made sure they could still flaunt it for decades and centuries to come. In many cases their attempts to impress have succumbed to the passage of time as the majority of the physical memorials are in a state of decay while many (especially those made of sandstone) are rotting away at an alarming rate. In my opinion this decay only adds to the attractiveness of the place.
If you do decide to visit the Gresham Vault where the pedestal on top of the tapered walls at one stage supported a bell with a chain running from it into the vault. This was erected with the purpose of allowing the lady who was interred (and who had a fear of being buried alive) to ring the bell if she awoke.