Garden of Remembrance

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Garden of Remembrance information

Location
Dublin , Ireland
Address
Parnell Sq
Getting there
Bus: 3, 10, 11, 13, 16, 19 or 22 from city centre
Opening hours
8.30am-6pm Apr-Sep, 9.30am-4pm Oct-Mar
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This rather austere little park was opened by President Éamon de Valera in 1966 for the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The most interesting feature in the garden is a bronze statue of the Children of Lir by Oisín Kelly; according to Irish legend the children were turned into swans by their wicked stepmother.

It is still known to some Dubs as the ‘Garden of Mature Recollection’, mocking the linguistic gymnastics employed by former favourite for president Brian Lenihan, who was caught out lying in a minor political scandal and used the phrase to try and wiggle his way out of it.