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Garden of Remembrance: What's the Story?

Front view of the garden.


The Garden of Remembrance, designed by the former Dublin City Architect Daithi P. Hanly, is a memorial garden in Dublin which was made in dedication to all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom.

A sunken cruciform water-feature
It comes in handy to access this soothing, memorable and inspiring garden which is situated in Parnell Street E. Rotunda, Dublin 1. You can visit Garden of Rembrance on Mondays to Sundays from 8:30AM to 6PM.

Children of Lir by Oisin Kelly, 1971
A large sculpture can be found in the center stage of the garden was built in 1971 by Oisin Kelly is inspired by the theme of the "Children of Lir", symbolising the rebirth and ressurection.

"We Saw A Vision" by Liam Mac Uistin, 1976
Also, it is interesting to note that in 1976 a contest was created to search for a poem so to define the struggle for freedom of the Irish people. This was expressed in the words of the Dubliner Author Liam Mac Uistin in his poem entitled and as written below;
"We Saw A Vision"


In the darkness of despair we saw a vision,
We lit the light of hope and it was not extinguished.
In the desert of discouragement we saw a vision.
We planted the tree of valour and it blossomed.
In the winter of bondage we saw a vision.
We melted the snow of lethargy and the river of resurrection flowed from it.
We sent our vision aswim like a swan on the river. The vision became a reality.
Winter became summer. Bondage became freedom and this we left to you as your inheritance.
O generations of freedom remember us, the generations of the vision.



So, if you have a spare time, try to check Garden of Remembrance which is best to visit on a sunny day. Don't forget to check the weather forecast before heading to the garden lads! 😉


Cheers! 🍻
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