This site was originally a former pleasure garden of the Rotunda hospital.
In 1966, on the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising, it was officially opened by president Éamon De Valera as memorial garden to commemorate the lives of all those who died during Ireland’s struggle to gain independence.
Designed by Dáithí Hanly, the cross-shaped pool has mosaics of broken weapons in the water, referencing the old Celtic tradition at the end of battle. The dramatic Children of Lir sculpture was added in 1971 and represents transformation.
Liam Mac Uistin’s poem called "We Saw A Vision" is written in English, French and Irish.
In May 2011 Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath here, which was the first time a British monarch had visited Ireland for 100 years.
The garden is open daily throughout the year and admission is free.