The Office of Public Works

Dublin Commemorative Sites

In this Decade of Centenary Commemorations, some of the most significant events of Irish and world history are remembered.

The Office of Public Works, on behalf of the people of Ireland, manages and operates sites which memorialise those who lost their lives in the conflicts of 1912 – 1922/3. Four of these, Arbour Hill Cemetery, the Garden of Remembrance, Grangegorman Military Cemetery, and the Irish National War Memorial Gardens are located in Dublin. Open to the public, they provide the opportunity for moments of reflection.

Use the links to each site to find out more about their history, landscape, and design, as well as about facilities, opening hours, and contact details.

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Arbour Hill Cemetery

Arbour Hill Cemetery
The military cemetery at Arbour Hill is the last resting place of fourteen of the executed leaders of the insurrection of 1916. Among those buried there are Patrick Pearse, James Connolly and Major John McBride.

Grangegorman Military Cemetery

Grangegorman Military Cemetery
Grangegorman Military Cemetery is the largest military cemetery in Ireland, and contains the remains of soldiers from across the British Empire, who died of natural causes or of their injuries or who were killed in action in Ireland.

Garden of Remembrance

Garden of Remembrance
This garden in the heart of the city was designed by Daithi Hanly and dedicated to the memory of all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom.

Irish National War Memorial Gardens

Irish National War Memorial Gardens
These gardens are one of the most famous memorial gardens in Europe, not only a place of remembrance but also of great architectural interest and beauty.

OPW Welcomes Seven Green Flag Awards for OPW National Historic Parks

The Office of Public Works (OPW) on 20 July 2017 welcomed the news of seven OPW parks being awarded the Green Flag Award for 2017.

St Stephen’s Green Park, Castletown Demesne, Derrynane Historic Park, Garinish Island, Grangegorman Military Cemetery, the Irish National War Memorial Gardens and the Phoenix Park were awarded the Green Flag at a ceremony in Malahide Castle today.

Maurice Buckley, Chairman, Office of Public Works said “I am delighted that the Office of Public Works has been awarded these flags for such wonderfully diverse parks. The OPW places great importance on the sustainable management and conservation of the State’s Heritage sites, and the Green Flag scheme is a wonderful way of recognising and celebrating these high standards”.

The Green Flag Awards, administered by An Taisce in the Republic of Ireland, recognise and encourage the provision of good quality parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways. The awards are marked on eight criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

The Green Flag Award Scheme supports best practice management of parks and green spaces across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, and has been running in Ireland since its pilot in 2015.

Maurice Buckley Chairman, OPW, Rosemary Collier, Principal Officer OPW, Maurice Cleary Service Manager, Phoenix Park, Declan Bermigham, Landscape Foreman, Phoenix Park, Des Donnelly, Foreman, Paul McDonnell Park Superintendent, Phoenix Park, and John Mc Mahon, Commissioner OPW. Picture Colm Mahady / Fennells - Copyright © Fennell Photography 2017

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