Garden of Remembrance, Dublin

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    Public Art: Remembering the Easter Uprising

    by yooperprof Written Jul 12, 2013

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    The Commemoration Garden is dedicated to the memory of "all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom." The Garden was opened in 1966 by President Eamon de Valera, on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916. Notice how the reflective pool is in the shape of a cross? It was designed by Dáithí Hanly.

    The Gardens also feature the work of Irish sculptor Oisin Kelly (1915-1981). "The Children of Lir" appear in a well-known Irish saga about the offspring of a noble king who are transformed into swans by a sorceress. Only after 900 years are they "reborn" as children. They transfiguration here is taken to be a symbolic representation of the rebirth of Irish freedoms after centuries of subjugation.

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    by IrishFem Updated Jul 30, 2011

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    The Gardens are to commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1916 to those who gave their lives for Irish Independence. The centre Sculpute show the Children of Lir who were turned into swans by a wicked stepmother. The entrance is free and a lovely place to sit if the sun is out. The Queen of England on her recent visit to Dublin placed a wreath here along with the current President of Ireland Mary McAleese.

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    Where those who fought are peacefully remembered

    by Jefie Written May 28, 2009

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    The Garden of Remembrance is located in the middle of Parnell Square, on the same spot where several leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were held overnight before being sent to Kilmainham Gaol. It opened in 1966, on the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising, and it is dedicated to "all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom". A large, cross-shaped pool stands in the middle of the garden, and at its top there is a sculpture by Oisín Kelly called "Children of Lir". The Children of Lir is an old Irish legend about a jealous step-mother who turns her husband's children into swans. It symbolizes the rebirth and resurrection of Ireland and those who died to give it a new life. It is a quiet and very peaceful memorial.

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    by Jase1177 Written May 20, 2009
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    The Garden of Remembrance is lovely memorial of those who died in various rebellions or uprisings through Irish history, most recently the 1916 Easter Rising and the War for Independence. The garden features a long pool in the shape of a cross, surrounded by benches, walkway, a lawn, plants, and flowers. At the head of the cross, the garden has a large sculpture of children and swans (the tale of Children of Lir, I have since read), and a reflecting pool. Behind the sculpture is a wall with a poem inscribed. The garden is a peaceful area (despite being near a busy stree) to rest for a few minutes, while admiring the dedication to the lives lost through history.

    Cost: Free
    Hours: ~9AM ~7PM (Mon-Sat, shorter hours on Sunday)

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    Remembrance Gardens

    by darkjedi Written May 2, 2009

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    At the north-east quater of Parnell Square is a small, peaceful park dedicated to the men and women who have died in pursuit of Irish freedom at all times. There is a reflecting pool , forming a cross, has representations of discarded bronze age weapons at its bottom.

    The main focus of attention in the park will almost invariably be on the massive statue showing the transformation of the "Children of Lír" by Oisin Kelly.

    Laid out in 1966 the Garden of Remembrance marks the spot where several leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were held overnight before being taken to Kilmainham Gaol, and was also where the Irish Volunteers movement was formed in 1913.

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    Garden of Rememberance

    by axekick Written Mar 26, 2006

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    Built in 1966, 50 years after the Easter rising this garden is a quiet and secluded place to reflect on those who gave their lives for Irish freedom.

    The garden has a statue of men turning in to swans, Celtic art in the railings and a pond shaped like a crucifix.

    It is very serene.

    If you look closely the pond floor is a mosaic in a rippling pattern which looks great under the rippling water, as if the floor is moving.

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    Garden Of Remembrance

    by elcolibri Written May 29, 2005

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    Garden of Remembrance

    Garden of Remembrance is a public park located on Parnell Square,next to the Writers' Museum, the Gate Teather and the Rotunda. It is dedicated to "those who gave their lives by the cause od irish freedom". The park opened in 1966 and was designed by the architect Daithi Hanly. Althought most of the Garden is concrete, and is below ground level, is a nice place to rest. It has a central pool, with flowers and flowering bushes parade around the edges, and at the head of the pool is the bronze statue of the Children of Lir, turning into swans, by Oisin Kelly.

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    by Marla_D Written Nov 2, 2004

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    The Garden of Remembrance was built to comemmorate the 1916 Easter Rising. In it you will find the Children of Lir statue. This was an old Irish legend about children who were turned into swans by their wicked stepmother, only to be turned human once again when St. Patrick came to Ireland.

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    Garden of Rememberance

    by JeanSyn Updated Jan 29, 2004

    This place is really strange, for something right in the middle of Dublin's busiest street!
    The Garden of Rememberance is always very quiet and peaceful, i wouldn't call it a Garden though, more of a patio! it's a nice place to go to relax in the middle of the week, but not at lunch hour (roughly 12-2), because everyone from the surrounding offices descend on it.

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    Garden of Remembrance

    by Groentje Written Jan 3, 2003
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    This commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The sculpture, which is located at the end of the park, just behind a cross-shaped mozaique bassin, depicts the Children of Lir, a popular Irish tale, explaining why swans are a protected species in Ireland. Really beautiful, as the mozaiques depict arms, flowers, ...

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