"Mount Jerome for the protestants," thinks Bloom in Hades.
This large cemetery lies adjacent to the Dolphin's Barn Jewish
cemetery in Harold's Cross, an inner suburb of Dublin just
south of the Grand Canal. The still larger Prospect cemetery in Glasnevin
is not denominational but it fulfills the needs of Catholics,
who had no place to inter their dead with full religious rites
until its founding in 1832. The difference in rites comes up
in the cemetery chapter when Tom Kernan, an unenthusiastic
convert to Catholicism, says, "The service of the Irish
church used in Mount Jerome is simpler, more impressive
I must say."
Mount Jerome was founded in 1836 as an exclusively Protestant
cemetery, and it remained so until the 1920s. It is named for
Stephen Jerome, a 17th century vicar in the Church of Ireland.
Today, the grounds of about 50 acres hold more than 300,000
graves and some notable botanic plantings. "His garden
Major Gamble calls Mount Jerome. Well, so it is," thinks
Bloom of Major George Francis Gamble, who was "registrar and
secretary" of the cemetery in 1904. Vivien Igoe describes
Gamble, who served in the Royal Marine Light Infantry, as "a
The Prospect cemetery similarly benefits from its proximity
to the national Botanic
Gardens in Glasnevin, and the two establishments set
Bloom to reflecting on the fertilizing properties of human