The Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge – Guest Blog Post by Maeve Casserly


The Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge – A Site of History and Memory - Guest Blog Post by Maeve Casserly


Photo credit: Dublin City Library and Archive

Rowers, dog-walkers, joggers and picnicking families can spend many a happy hour in these beautiful memorial gardens, a sanctuary of peace and calm in Islandbridge right next to one of the busiest roads coming into Dublin! But the history of the Irish National War Memorial Gardens is far more complex than these tranquil surroundings let on. In the media coverage of Elisabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom’s visit to the site in April 2011, the main point emphasised was the reverential treatment given by both heads of state, the Queen and the then President, Mary McAleese to those that had died in the Great War.