The Garden of Remembrance (Irish: An Gairdín Cuimhneacháin) is a memorial garden located on Parnell Square.
The Garden was designed by Dáithí Hanly and is dedicated to the memory of all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom. In the centre of the gardens is a water feature in the form of a sunken cruciform. Its focal point is a statue of the Children of Lir by Oisín Kelly which symbolises the rebirth of the Irish nation following 900 years of struggle for independence much as the swans were "reborn" following 900 years.
The garden is intended as a place of quiet remembrance and reflection.
In 1976, a contest was held to find a poem, which could express the appreciation and inspiration of this struggle for freedom. The winner was Dublin born author Liam Mac Uistin, whose poem "We Saw a Vision" written in Irish, French, and English on the stone wall of the monument.
"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.
Garden Of Remembrance is just 1 minute walk from the Castle Hotel.