I happened to be staying in Islandbridge recently and the view from the apartment balcony included the War Memorial Gardens. I had heard of them many times. I had a rough idea of what they represented but I had never actually set foot in them.
So on a sunny Saturday morning I found myself strolling through the gardens. The entrance runs along the River Liffey and the Trinity Rowing Club Boathouse is also part of the gardens.
As it was such a sunny morning the gardens and the river were a hive of activity. A mix of families out for walks, tourists exploring the history of the gardens and plenty of rowers on the water.
The gardens themselves are renowned throughout Europe and were constructed in memory of 49,400 Irish soldiers who died in the war between 1914 and 1918. The day I visited there were a number of poppy wreaths surrounding one of the memorials.
The names of all the soldiers are contained in the Harry Clarke manuscripts which are housed in the granite bookrooms in the gardens. They are available to view by appointment only.
The gardens were designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, who apparently also designed gardens on Lambay Island.
The gardens are absolutely stunning to have a stroll around and if you are feeling that bit more energetic there were also plenty of people out jogging.
The gardens are a great place for a wander on a sunny day or indeed if you want to immerse yourself in a bit of history.
On a side note there is also a great salvage yard across from the entrance to the gardens. I had a look while I was there and there are plenty of hidden treasures to be found. Check out Macs Warehouse.
This horses head caught my eye!