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“Stunning and poignant”

Garden of Remembrance
Ranked #81 of 506 things to do in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Peaceful garden marking the 50th anniversary of the Irish uprising against the English; contains a famous statue by Oisin Kelly of the Children of Lir, characters from ancient Celtic myth.
Oakland, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Stunning and poignant”
Reviewed 17 December 2013

This garden is lovely. The cross is non-denominational and the mosaic tiles in the form of broken swords and shields within in are potent and lovely. A good place to think.

Visited December 2013
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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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“Pointy birds, you are so pointy”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

OK, I know this is a monument to people who were killed, but as an artist I have a problem. Those bronze birds are supposed to be swans, but they’re a terribly rough-looking bunch. They look like geese who’ve had a bad time at the taxidermist’s.

That aside, the human figures do fall like people who are “giving up the ghost.” The great cruciform pond, sadly empty and dry in November, makes you take a detour around it, and that delay helps you think about nation and conflict. A repeated mosaic on its floor shows a broken spear, a sword out of its sheath, and shields recalling Celtic warriors.

There are plenty of benches, and one lady was sitting reading a book. At times kids were lounging about. It’s a park, so they should. Harps and horns decorate the railings. My favourite feature, oddly, were the huge trees around the edges of the site.

It is closed at night, free and open all day.

(I say for a better sculpture on the same subject, check out the Hound of Ulster bronze that's jammed into a window alcove in the G.P.O. on O'Connell Street.)

Visited November 2013
2 Thank Steveodo
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Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States
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40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Such a touching memorial”
Reviewed 23 August 2013

The Garden of Remembrance touched my heart the moment I saw it. Reading the poem on the wall next to the beautiful sculpture brings tears, and the sculpture itself is so beautiful. The mosaic art in the bottom of the cross-shaped pool is astounding. If you're looking to piece together the history of the Irish Republic, this is a "must see."

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Kate K
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Calm and Peaceful”
Reviewed 5 August 2013

Although a very small space - its worth a visit to see the Children of Lir statue -a nice place to spend an hour or so of solitude. I was pleased to see that a group of tourists were stopped from playing football - it is a memorial after all.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Cobblerstravels
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Fort Worth, Texas
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Quiet, Serene”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

Literally stumbled on this site. It is very well maintained with a lovely reflecting pool and ample places to sit and think. Feels like you should whisper here. Nice bit of serenity in the middle of the city.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Karen B
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