A major restoration project of Glasnevin Cemetary gets underway to ensure the historic site is in pristine condition for the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Founded by Daniel O'Connell in 1832, Glasnevin is the largest cemetery in Ireland and the final resting place for over one million people.

As Glasnevin Cemetery celebrates its 175 anniversary, it embarks upon a ten year restoration project which begins with a clean up.

Chief Executive Officer of Glasnevin Cemeteries Group George McCullough explains at its inception Glasnevin was a pristine Victorian garden cemetery. However,

It has become rundown and somewhat neglected over the last century.

The project will see Glasnevin Cemetery restored to its former glory. George McCullough appeals to families who have graves in the cemetery to assist with the clean up. It is hoped they will take care of any necessary repairs or renovations to the graves of loved ones. This could entail the removal of broken curbs or railings or simply clearing dead flowers and debris from the graves.

The aim of the restoration is to have Glasnevin Cemetery fully restored in time for the 2016 commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising. It is also hoped the work will elevate Glasnevin Cemetery to being one of the top visitor attractions in the country.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 May 2007. The reporter is Samantha Libreri.