The Garden of Remembrance
The biggest cross in Dublin is a water feature that dominates this beautiful and touching Garden that remembers all those who fought the centuries long battle for Irish independence. The Garden of Remembrance is actually only a stones throw from the most bustling and busy street in Dublin: O’Connell Street. However the holiday maker can find real peace here, and a sense of history, in this lovely sanctuary. Given the Garden of Remembrances central Dublin location, its beauty, and the historical value of what it represents, the garden of Rembrance is an absolute must for your Dublin holiday itinerary.
How to get there
The Garden of Remembrance is only one street up from O’Connell Street. You can walk from the Liffey side of O’Connell street, past the O’Connell monument, past the GPO (famous battle site during the Easter Rising) and right the way up towards the start of Parnell Street (passing the Parnell monument). You will then see some blue gates that lead right into the Garden. In that short trip the many statues on O’Connell street will remind you of some of biggest figures in Irish history, the Garden will then shed more light on the cause they fought for. It would be a real shame if you did not dedicate a nice afternoon during your holiday to stroll slowly and meditate on the history that still prevails in Dublin.
- The Garden of Remembrance is free and it holds a sacred place in the hearts of many of Dublin’s residents. We suggest it is best avoided on days when merry-making are the aim . It is much better to visit on one of the quiet days during your holiday.
- Although there aren’t any coffee shops or restaurants in the Garden there are several near by.
What to take
Make sure you bring a camera. On a sunny day the Garden of remembrance is very beautiful and you will definitely regret not taking a picture to remember it by after your holiday.
Look out for
The area surrounding the sculpture at the back of the Garden is intended as a place of reflection and rest. This sculpture is called children of lir and engraved into it is a poem by Dublin born author Liam mac Uistin:
“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.’
The Route from O’connell bridge to the Garden of remembrance. Over O’Connell Bridge from the South Quays to the North Quays, and on through O’Connell Street. A the North end of O’Connell Street, you carry on straight along Parnell Square East. The Garden of Remembrance is two thirds of the way up this street on the left.