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Garden of Remembrance

Yesterday I was in Dublin to see a medical consultant I haven't seen for 15 years!!

On my way back into city centre I visited the Garden of Remembrance. This memorial garden celebrates those who gave their lives down through the years in the cause of Ireland's fight for freedom from British rule but especially those of the Easter 1916 rising  the centenary of which we officially celebrated two weeks ago. The memorial consists of an ornamental sunken water feature in the shape of a cross and is overlooked by a large bronze statue of The Children of Lir.

The Children of Lir is an old Celtic legend. Lir was a king whose wife died leaving four children. Lir married again but his second wife had no time for his children. She plotted to get rid of them. She used her magic to put a curse on them and turned them into swans. As swans, the children had to spend 300 years on each of three lakes. To end the spell they would have to be blessed by a Christian monk. When a monk blessed them the swans were freed from their curse and became old but free people again. The statue symbolizes rebirth and resurrection.

Garden designed by Dáithí Hanly. Statue designed by Oisín Kelly.

A poem, We Saw a Vision, by Liam Mac Uistin is to be seen on the wall close by.





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 generation of freedom remember us, The generation of the vision.

Comments

i like that poem!!!
here's to those who live their vision!

that legend incorporated so many elements of traditional tales
May swans always be free
Amen to that.
Oh, what a beautiful monument. Thank you for sharing that.
What a lovely garden, and I adore the statue and the legend. Thank you for sharing with us.

- Erulisse (one L)
Very pretty garden.